I want you to meet my new friend, Ben.
Ben is a nine-year old black Labrador Retriever. He’s had a rough year.
His owner died two weeks ago. He’s had cancerous cysts removed from his legs, which have left some debilitating nerve damage in his hindquarters. Ben has gained a lot of weight and has developed arthritis in his front shoulders.
So when we met last week, the dog I encountered was overweight, limping and in incredibly poor health. And depressed. He really missed his owner and the family farm where he grew up.
Hollianne and I agreed to foster him, as Ben had no place to go.
We were prepared to deal with the health issues, but Ben’s depression was the saddest part. He wouldn’t look us in the face. Ben simply wanted to sleep or just sit by the window and look outside.
Life is hard. We face sickness and sadness. Unexpected blows hit us at every turn. People disappoint us.
But there’s one constant for the believer.
For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. Galatians 3:26
God loves us. He sent his son, Jesus, to provide salvation for the sinner and hope to the downtrodden.
For my father and mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in. Psalm 27:10
We have hope.
Ben’s demeanor has changed quite a bit over the past week. He loves getting exercise with the kids. Our veterinarian has prescribed some medicine to help with his physical ailments. But best of all, there’s a renewed sparkle in his green eyes and a constant wag in his tail. The personality is coming back quickly.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18
When you are weary- remember the one who has promised hope for all of us.
Please pray for us as we try to care for Ben.
And let me know how to pray for you.