November 16, 2012

Make Me A Servant

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.
~ Sincerity 
Rest in peace Casper.  We love you.


Brenda said...

What a beautifully tender post that shows the love of those who care for God's creatures. You are right about your mother just needing to grieve and know you are there. What I have found is the most comforting thing, when a pet or a vulnerable little animal I have helped to look after has passed away, is the fact that it had someone to love it while it was on this earth. Your mother can truly comfort herself with memories of the help she gave to Casper and the pleasure his presence brought her.

Denise said...

Precious post.

Laura said...

Beautiful Post. Thanks for linking up today!

Anonymous said...

Sorry for your loss. Casper was obviously a blessing from God.

Jenny said...

Aw. I love cats. Sorry to hear he passed away. :(

T-Childs said...

I love cats too; what a sad story. I'm glad he brought joy into your life all the same.

joy said...

I believe i will feel the same if our adopted cat pass away. Hope we can have more for many years. My comfort when i am alone:)


Brenda: Thank you. You are right to believe that it matters when we love creatures God has made. I think they can sense it and I know God is pleased when he care for weak and helpless. Even in the animal kingdom. :)

Denise: Thank you for reading.


Laura: Thank you for your kind comment and for visiting.

lgsquirrel: Thank you. I think your right. God teaches us many things in life and sometimes he teaches us through His animals. :)

Jenny: Thank you. Me too. But at least we knew him and have many happy memories. :)


T-Childs: I'm happy we knew him too. Life can hurt sometimes when we choose to love because we are vulnerable to losing those we love. But the pain is worth all the moments of joy and happiness love brings.

joy: I know that when the time comes God will provide the exact comfort you need. And by all means have more cats! There will always be cats, dogs, and all manner of creatures that are waiting to be loved. :)

Rachel @myheartsmission said...

Sounds like a very special cat and sweet neighbor. So sorry for your loss. And I love the song you posted- so beautiful. Blessings.

Elizabeth said...

I'm so sorry about Casper. I pray God will comfort your family. :)

<3 Elizabeth

Just Be Real said...

Oh wow..... such a lovely post and very touching in saddness as well. Blessings.

Katie said...

I wholeheartedly believe that animals are gifts from God.

I'm so sorry to read about the passing of Casper. You've captured him beautifully, here, and I pray that your mother's heart is on the mend.


Elizabeth: Thank you.

Just Be Real: Thank you. Blessings to you too.

Katie: Thank you. Yes, thankfully my mother is doing better. :)