My friend, may I ask you a question? If gentleness is one of the marks of how our God often deals with us, might we sometimes be surprised at the ways His gentleness is revealed, if only we had the eyes to see, and hearts to hear? My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
Our big dog, Jubee, got run over by our littlest dog, Frodo. He came barreling at her, bent on taking the doggie toy away that she was firmly holding in her mouth. He climbed up on her back and jumped on her head. He leaned forward and grabbed the toy and tugged it away. As if she was hardly there, he finished climbing over her head and proceeded to bang the toy on the rug, all the while pushing his rump into her massive head. Jubee simply lifted a paw and gently placed it on his back. In one simple, gentle motion she put a stop to his harassment. In a dog-eat-dog world, there is a place for gentleness. Would that we would often see that in our own lives. Here’s a story from Sandra Taylor: “Recently my grandson, aged seven, wanted to show me how he could do underwater somersaults in our backyard pool. When he did, however, the water backed up in his nose and hurt his head something awful. Later that night, as he lay on his blanket before the television, he started to moan. The headache had come back. Nothing I did for him seemed to help. As I stroked my grandson’s hair, I prayed. The most amazing and gentle thing happened. Our cat, Flower, got up and proceeded across the blanket until she reached my ailing grandson. Then, ever so gently, she lifted a tiny paw and seemed to reach out ever so softly to touch that hurting head. She nestled by my grandson's head and lay quietly. Slowly he raised his head and said, ‘Grammie, Flower is working on it.’ Well, I just sat there. There was an amazing gentleness in the room. In about six minutes the boy looked up and said, ‘It’s gone. Grammie, Jesus sent Flower to help me!’ We sat for quite some time in that feeling of gentleness that prevailed around us.” (Sandra Kay Taylor email@example.com ) Gentleness is one of the marks of how our God often deals with His people. Sometimes we might be surprised at the ways His gentleness is revealed, if only we had the eyes to see, and hearts to hear. When you think about how heavy God’s hand might be, given that He has the entire world in it, isn’t it remarkable that, like Jubee, His corrective and heal- ing touch can be so soft. Thank God for that! "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matt 6:34) We pray. Lord, thank you for giving us dogs like Jubee; gentle dogs who leave a memorable and soothing mark on our lives when they are gone. As sinful human beings we so often reject kindness and gentleness ourselves in favor of being abrupt, unkind, even hurtful. Forgive us Father when we forget how gentle Your hand is on us even when we are underserving and selfish in the way that we lead our lives, and especially in the ways that we treat others who hurt us. May the example of Jesus Christ inspire us to remember that this life is about others and not ourselves. Old Jubee showed that well through her long life. May we also be remembered for that when we go home. In Jesus name. Amen! May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else. If you have a special prayer request, please send your request to "This Passing Day!" <firstname.lastname@example.org> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake. This week’s devotions are dedicated to a dog named Jubee. Od and sick, she passed from our lives. Jubee inspired this devotion and we are grateful for having had the opportunity of sharing our lives with her for the past fourteen years. We will miss you Jubee.