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Our Stray Dog

You make known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.  Psalm 16:11 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.If pets can contract human diseases, then our senior dog surely had doggie dementia.

Over the fourteen years that Stella D. Dogg was part of our family, she had many opportunities to escape from our yard. But she didn’t leave us, even when she was young and her hind legs had enough power to clear the fence anytime she liked. We joked, “She knows she has it good with her family.” And she didn’t stray.

But as she aged, Stella started to forget who she was. She didn’t always hear us when we talked to her. She couldn’t see well due to her cataracts, which often caused her to bump into things. One day, she wandered out of our yard and down the street. We called her to come home, but she didn’t seem to recognize us and ran ahead without stopping.

Finally, I yelled “treat” so loudly that it hurt my throat. Stella turned and looked at me. Her ears perked up, and she seemed to remember me. She ran toward me and then followed me home. I knew she recognized me as her master.

The Lord uses the promise of heaven to straighten our paths home to be with Him. If we are willing to follow Him and believe in His Son, Jesus, our eternal reward is to be with Him and live in His kingdom.

Think of someone you know who is starting to lose their memory, hearing, or sight. Help them. Or someone who is losing their faith, perhaps stumbling off the path to heaven. Then help steer this person on the straight path home again.

(Photo courtesy of pixabay.)

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Gina Napoli

Gina Napoli lives in Harrisburg, PA, and is author of Clunk on the Head: How the Holy Spirit Got Our Attention. She has also been published in Highlights for Children, Pockets, Guardian Angel Kids, Hopscotch, and Humpty Dumpty. She publishes articles regularly in two regional publications: The Burg and Business Woman. She also publishes in the state-wide online magazine, Keystone Edge. Her writing is featured in two book anthologies: A Community of Writers and Bitter Sweet. Two hundred of her pieces appear in almost sixty different print and electronic media venues.