Spring has returned. The Earth is like a child that knows poems. ~Rainer Maria Rilke

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"...with my face to the rising sun."

We spent the day in the garden. It was a warm, lovely day. Maggie has been looking for her old friend. She doesn't understand. She walks through the house and makes little wimpering noises. She wanders outside and then looks at us as if to say...., where is he?

We talked about Moke and dug in the garden. We gave Maggie extra lovin' and we sat with our faces toward the sun. I thought of an old hymn I use to sing in church. Some of it goes..."Let us find strength together on our knees. Let us find strength together on our knees. When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun. Oh, Lord, have mercy on me." It has been in my head all day.

This evening before dinner I had the Prospector read all the wonderful emails and comments that were sent to us. We thank everyone who sent us such kind words. It made the sadness more bearable. Tonight we feel better knowing that Moke is beyond the pain and suffering. He has , as one friend said, crossed over the Rainbow Bridge where all animals go when they die. God will watch over him. It's a place where the animals are happy and free of pain. He will be waiting for us until we get there. I hope so. Until then Moke.......
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  1. Oh I am so sorry. I somehow missed your post on Monday. I am crying for your loss. I wish our beloved pets lived the same lifetime we do. I am sending you and Maggie the biggest warmest hugs. Best of thoughts for you fur baby on the other side.

  2. It breaks my heart that I can't do more to ease your pain. Just know that I hold you,the prospector and of course Maggie in my heart and in my prayers.

  3. Sadly to say even though y'all never forget time does have a way of healing all.

  4. I am not sure but I think losing a dog is right up there in the deepest hurts of our lives. I have dealt witha lot of loss and helped others as a hospice nurse. But losing my dog almost killed me. I wrote about it in some of my old posts his name is Rasmus. I believe that God who made the animals and us and gave us this ability to deeply love them will have them in heaven for us. There are plenty of people who would argue theology with me on that; but I don't care. It fits with God's tender love and the attributes of His goodness. He knows us, and His mercies are new every morning. I'm sorry for your loss, it's a big one. I also believe animals grieve, usually if they see them dead, they understand. We buried Rasmus here at home under a tree and a rosebush. Axel knew he was gone and so did the cats. My girls thought we were going to have to bury me too. I'll be praying for you.

  5. Sounds silly, but I have a cat holding a place for me in heaven. She was my best friend for 18 years. We could read each other's minds, I tell ya! I'll be with you there someday , Katie!

  6. Maggie is needing some extra loving. It's so painful to lose your friend and companion and then to watch Maggie looking and whimpering has to be painful not knowing what to do to help her. You understand about time, as do I, but I don't know if our furry kids have that concept.

    Prayers for you, Prospector and Maggie, too.


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