|Our sweet Bogey from less than a month ago|
For those who have never loved an animal, you will have no idea what I'm talking about. But for those who have had their hearts stolen by one of God's beautiful creatures, you will know intimately the pain that I feel in my heart.
I have had more than one person say to me that it is just too painful to lose them, so they refuse to have another cat or dog because they can't stand to go through the pain again. They so want to avoid the inevitable pain that comes from losing what they love that they will give up the joy of love itself. And that is a terrible mistake.
|Our Blessed Mother Holding Her Dead Son In Her Arms, |
who died a bloody painful death to save us
|Bogey at the top of the cat tree|
with his friends, Cagney and Emily
There was a beautiful movie made back in the mid 1990's called "Shadowlands", based on the true story of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Joy. Joy was an American who had fled to England to escape an abusive, alcoholic and adulterous husband. She asked "Jack" to marry her so that she could have English citizenship and stay in the country. He married her as a favor with no intention of ever being a real husband to her. Shortly after they were married, she was diagnosed with inoperable cancer. He suddenly realized he loved her and took her and her son into his home and took care of her. His love for her grew very deep.
Below is a scene from the movie where Joy discusses her impending death with Jack. She tries to tell him that the joy they feel in being together cannot be separated from the pain he will endure when she dies. As she says, "the pain then is part of the happiness now. That's The Deal" To reject the pain means also to reject the happiness.
After Joy dies, Jack struggles with his grief, getting very angry at God, unable to deal with the great loss and pain he is feeling. Finally, the wisdom of what Joy tried to explain to him begins to break through. He realizes that to reject the suffering also means to reject the great happiness he felt with her. Below is the last scene of the movie in which Jack explains that he understands what Joy tried to tell him. When he was a young boy and his mother died, he just hid away from both the love and pain he felt for her. He chose "safety." As a man, he chose love, which means he chose suffering.
The good news is that as Christians, we can take this further. The suffering we feel now is a part of the unending happiness we will experience with our Saviour for all eternity. Our suffering now is what will lead us into an eternity of complete happiness and bliss. The last chapter in the last book of the Bible, Revelation 21, gives us this preview:
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth. For the first heaven and the first earth was gone, and the sea is now no more.
2 And I John saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice from the throne, saying: Behold the tabernacle of God with men, and he will dwell with them. And they shall be his people; and God himself with them shall be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and death shall be no more, nor mourning, nor crying, nor sorrow shall be any more, for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat on the throne, said: Behold, I make all things new. And he said to me: Write, for these words are most faithful and true.
|A New Heaven and a New Earth|
That's the deal.
Thank you Bogey, for sharing your sweet life with us. Rest in peace, my little prince.
|Bogey with his friend Cagney|