Kindness

“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” Romans 2:4 NLT

How we treat others defines who we are.Unknown

Hope you find the following little “dog experience” I shared on another blog something you can relate to. I’m sharing it because I deeply loved this little dog and because it connected with pet owners of all kinds. It was the story of a dog’s kindness and all the connections of kindness we receive or perceive from our pets. No mighty message. No monumental historical endeavor. No earth-shattering truth. No miracle. Kindness. No political or religious stance. No hurled criticisms. No judgments. Kindness. Connection. Open heart.

Kindness, connection and relationships from a vulnerable, soft and heartfelt “tail.”

Musings

I rescued this beautiful girl!

She showed up on the first day of winter eating bird seed that had fallen on the ground. Very hungry! I picked her up, dried the wet snow from her fur and fed her some leftovers. Called all the vets, posted online and in print hoping her owner would show.

No. A Christmas present for me! Who could abandon such a cutie! Best Christmas present ever!

She was with me for 15 years. Through several trips to Montana, my home state, to be with my parents especially during their illnesses and deaths. Through boring errands. Through my dark days and nights when a dear friend committed suicide. Through my husband’s Lewy Body Dementia and death. Such comfort!

Loved her walks. Loved road trips. Loved ice cream. Terrific burgler alarm. Lousy singer. Always cuddled, especially after the death of my husband. A loving, warm presence that comforted.

She was my best friend for 15 years and passed from congestive heart failure. I never wanted a dog. Who knew I would enjoy my life, even though difficult, because of an angel without wings?

Until we meet again at the Rainbow Bridge…

Prayer

Father,

Thank you for all the blessings of creation from birds singing, crickets chirping to our marvelous pets. Every day possesses gifts that sometimes, in hindsight, we cherish. May hearts be open to all the comforts, joy and treasure of your creation. May we use them to be kind to others. Thank you for your kindness.

Amen.

Published by Barbara Hinther

Barbara Hinther author of Meditations and Encouragement for the Caregiver of a Loved One with Dementia and What About Me, God. Time to share what she has learned and hopefully, others will know they are not alone. This too, shall pass with beautiful, yet painful, lessons. Barbara lives in a rural town in Idaho where all is community. Bless everyone in the community for their support and their never-ending let’s pitch in attitude! She worked in marketing for over 30 years and volunteered with the Idaho Youth Ranch and St. Vincent’s de Paul Thrift Store. Then her hardest job ever was caring for her husband who died from Lewy body dementia and needed her full-time care. Feelings of abandonment were constant. Life was very difficult for a while, but love, faith and hope will overcome. Let the adventure continue!

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