Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Brooke's Dog

Photo by Brooke Suter

My niece recently found the St. Bernard pictured above and took it in. What a sad, bedraggled sight! This poor dog needed food, water, a bath, and medical attention. Somehow he knew when he found Brooke, that his needs would be met, that he had stumbled across someone whose loving heart would embrace him—and she didn’t disappoint. His trust was well placed.

Earlier that day I had read the following prayer on Brooke’s post brought it back to mind:

“I am in your presence O Lord.
I will take refuge in your loving heart.
You are my strength in times of weakness.
You are my comforter in times of sorrow.”

At times the world can be a cold and cruel place—for people as well as dogs. We all need a Brooke from time to time—someone who will love us as we are, take us in, soothe our hurts, clean us up, and help us find our place.

Jesus is that person. He loves us so much he gave his own life for ours. He has the power to carry us through when we are too overwhelmed and beaten down to take another step on our own. Like Brooke with the dog, He notices our hurts and recognizes our needs, and gathers us to him. He sees the stains sin has left on our souls, and carefully, thoroughly washes us clean, leaving us forgiven and pure in his eyes.

And just as Brooke found a good home for the lost dog, Jesus welcomes us into his family and promises us a room in his mansion. When we feel lost and abandoned, there is a Rescuer reaching out his loving arms, calling to us, waiting patiently for us to turn to him--and he never disappoints. 

“Cast all your cares on him, because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7


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