R.I.P. Jake — I Will Love You Forever

Today is the 3 year anniversary of my dog’s death. Jake was a red lab and the most friendly dog I’ve ever known. He loved me as only a dog can love someone. Unconditionally. Words cannot express how much I miss him. Toward the end of his life, his sicknesses became very worrisome. Ultimately, he got cancer causing him great pain. We tried everything to make him comfortable and to help him eat, but, to no avail.

My wife and I prayed about what to do and the answer we received from God was to let him go so as not to suffer any more. Needless to say making the decision to put him to sleep was the most difficult and emotionally upsetting decision I’ve ever made. If any of you have had a similar experience then you know what I’m talking about. I cried for a long period of time after his death. As a man I am not ashamed to admit it. Jake was my very first dog and so there was that additional connection we had.

Today, I will remember Jake with great fondness and a little sadness. This may sound silly but I hope I get to see him again in heaven. I love you Jake.

Knowing Who God Is

God is love. God is our “Abba Father.” God is our protector. God provides for all our needs. God is our rock and strength. In Him we live, and move, and have our being.

He has given us His Word, the Bible, in order that we may know Him more accurately and intimately. In addition, He uses all kinds of life situations to teach us about who He is and how He wants to be a part of our daily life.

The process of knowing God starts at salvation and continues throughout eternity. As your comprehension of Him grows, so will your understanding of His ways. You’ll become confident of His love, and a satisfying closeness will develop. Out of gratitude and love, you’ll want to live in ways that please and glorify Him.