Friday, October 6, 2017
Having a Doggone Good Time!
How many are your works, Lord!
In wisdom you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
Instead, be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
When our oldest granddaughter, Virginia Rose, spends the weekend with us, we are fortunate to have sunny, but cool and breezy, weather. It's just perfect for spending time outdoors!
"Virginia," I say, "how about riding over to Swift-Cantrell Park so you can play on the playground?"
She regards me quizzically. "Do you mean the dog park, Gammie?"
I know there is an expansive fenced-in area for dogs to run free and interact with one another, but I'm a bit surprised, after Virginia's way-too-close encounter with an aggressive dog not long ago, that being near a dog would even appeal to her.
"You mean you actually want to go into the dog park?" I ask.
"Yes, I love the dogs!" Virginia declares, again to my wonderment, now sprinkled with delight, as I realize she has overcome her fear, and has decided canines are not such bad guys after all.
Virginia has forgiven the trespass.
That sounds like a plan," I tell her. "I love dogs, too."
As I consider the amazing variety of dogs with whom we interact, I can't help but think how God, in His vast and sometimes whimsical wisdom, made them all. Are there any scuffles among them while we are there? One or two, but for the most part, as different as these dogs are, they all get along. They are quick to forgive infractions, more interested in interacting positively with their peers, and grateful for the love the humans lavish upon them.
We would all do well to heed the lessons these pups so endearingly teach us. And to learn from Virginia Rose's unconditional forgiveness, too.
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