Yesterday was a difficult day for my family and I. A neighborhood cat that adopted us as his family passed away on our property. He was very sick apparently and felt safest coming to us and being with us in his final days.
The photos I'm sharing in this post are from earlier days when he was happy and healthy. I want to remember him like this. The cat's name was Casper and he was a happy cat. Whenever I would be outside gardening or trimming bushes he would be at my feet eager to help.
He also has done an amazing job of keeping rodents and pests away from our home. Casper was never too busy for a loving pet now and then. In short, he was a great cat. We miss him.
My mother took his death really hard. So I asked God to grant me grace to know how best to comfort my mother during her grief. And then an old Christian song I haven't heard in years popped into my head. It is titled, " Make Me a Servant."
God reminded me that sometimes the best thing we can do to encourage others is to just listen to them and be a shoulder they can cry on. I also took over the responsibilities of house work and helping make dinner. Mom wanted to get back to as normal a routine as possible by dinner time and so she began the dinner preparations.
My brother helped to bundle and bury our friendly Casper. He may not have been an indoors cat or wanted to be too close but he knew he was loved anyhow and has a place in our pet cemetery.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 2, & 4 says, " For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance."
Thank you, Lord, for the days filled with sunshine, health, and happiness.
Its harder for me to say this but I thank you too for the days that are sad and difficult.
Even those days have a purpose and sometimes keep me even closer to you than happy ones.
Lord, thank you for Casper and the joy he brought to our lives these past years.
Thank you that he didn't die alone and end up forgotten.
Your mercy and kindness even extend to your wild creatures. Not even the birds die
with out your knowledge. Grant us peace and happiness as we heal and move on and
help me to be your servant.
Rest in peace Casper. We love you.