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Jun 17

Good morning, Lord.
Thank you for getting my oldest son settled in his new apartment, and thank you for letting me finally get a good night of sleep. I am looking forward to healing more from this painful loss of my Tiny Friend. Please be very near me today, Lord, as this is my first day in an EMPTY house, with no little companion and all my peeps gone for the day. Thank you for how healing the writing has been, and thank you for giving me the courage to keep doing things in the special little places throughout the house where my tiny dog used to always accompany me. Please help me to build new memories in each little place, to make each one more friendly and less painful. Help me to move forward, but not forget. 😥

Psalm 34:1-19 ERV

The LORD’S holy people should fear and respect him. Those who respect him will always have what they need.
Even strong lions get weak and hungry, but those who go to the LORD for help will have every good thing.
Children, come and listen to me; I will teach you to respect the LORD.
Do you want to enjoy life? Do you want to have many happy days?
Then avoid saying anything hurtful, and never let a lie come out of your mouth.
Stop doing anything evil, and do good. Look for peace, and do all you can to help people live peacefully.
The LORD watches over those who do what is right, and he hears their prayers.
But the LORD is against those who do evil, so they are forgotten soon after they die.
Pray to the LORD, and he will hear you. He will save you from all your troubles.
The LORD is close to those who have suffered disappointment. He saves those who are discouraged.
Good people might have many problems, but the LORD will take them all away.

Thank you, Father, for being so near me during this painful time of loss. Thank you for holding my heart, and not letting me drown in heartache and loneliness. Thank you for helping me write, write, write — over 40 pages of emotions and memories and hopes and sorrows, all of it given to you. I am trying to convert my habit of “checking in” with my Tiny Friend regularly, like every hour or more… over to “checking in” with myself, my experience, my reactions — through writing. I ask that you bless that effort, Lord, as it seems you have been trying to coax me to write more regularly for the past few years anyways. It seems like this may be the way through healing and into greater self-awareness and productivity. Thank you, gentle Lord!


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