Sorrow Into Joy

On April 30 of this year, I had to say goodbye
to my little four-footed furry friend Obie.
This little gray Schnauzer had seen me through a lot—
a major career change,
two moves,
the death of my 95-year-old aunt,
the death of my 93-year-old dad,
and many more life events.
Amos (my other little Schnauzer) and I were forced
to find our “new normal.”
And God was so very, very faithful.
He walked us through the grief and helped us smile again.

I LOVE Psalm 34:18 from the Living Bible:
“The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking.”

I attended two funerals this week.
Moms of two of my dear friends passed away recently.
And I was reminded once again that:
“The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking.”

Whether it’s a mom, a spouse, a friend . . . or even a pet . . .
God understands our hurt.
I’m so grateful for a Savior who truly cares about
Only GOD has the ability to turn our sorrow into joy.
“ . . . weeping may stay for the night,
     but rejoicing comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5 NIV).

6 replies
  1. Su
    Su says:

    Dear Susie, I know how you must be feeling, as we have grieved for every one of our little furry friends, and it was always so difficult. We come to love and care for each one, as we would a family member, and when we need to say goodbye, it is always with Great Difficulty. May God wrap His arms around you and comfort you in your difficult time, and may He give you his Peace. In sympathy, Sue

  2. Bonnie Bokelman
    Bonnie Bokelman says:

    We too have grieved the loss of a beloved pet. We like to think that God must have smiled really big when He created dogs because He knew how much comfort they would bring to people.

  3. Natalie Murdock
    Natalie Murdock says:

    Oh, Susie, so sorry for you in having to say good-bye to your little Obie. Our pups are always part of our life in so many ways and our hearts are broken when they leave us. So glad you have so many wonderful memories during your time together. They are God’s little blessings. God bless you always. God’s peace, Natalie Murdock

  4. Mary Baglien
    Mary Baglien says:

    Susie, I am so very sorry that you had to say good by to your precious Obie. My heart aches with yours and Amos’. God knows your hurt and sorrow. He has wrapped His warm, loving healing arms around you and Amos. With love and sympathy, Mary Baglien

  5. Patricia A. Matter
    Patricia A. Matter says:

    Susie, I am so very sorry that your fur baby has passed. I pray God’s continued comfort for you.


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