How do you Heal grief from the loss of a loved one?
This is one of my favorite images of two of my furry beloveds, Dobby the Black Bunny and PiToo, my little Golden Godzilla. And it was taken the summer before Dobby went back to our LORD after being on Earth for close to 20 years, which is a very fulfilled Bunny life!
Dobby was sent to us by JESUS, in a very special way. He was already 9 years old, and had been horribly neglected and abused by his former “caretaker.” Dobby was supposed to live with us for just a summer, but that summer turned into his permanent entry into our Warm Home. And OH, our little Home got even more Heavenly Heated by way of this amazing spirit.
He took awhile to desire being held by us two-leggeds. Because he had been so neglected by humans for his first 9 years, always being caged up in a stinky, dirty cage, he did not trust anyone as he shivered in fear when anyone tried to come close. Slowly, over a period of three months, we respected this need he had to move very gingerly. We offered him carrots through his cage, moving on to a little forehead rub as he began to soften a little. Then we opened the door to his cage and welcomed him to run about the house.
All this while, Opi would sniff about his cage, coming to hang out with Dobby both while we were all home, and when we were away, Opi would take his naps plastered right up against Dobby’s cage, with Dobby just as close. Those were the days before PiToo, the Golden Godzilla, was in the family.
Soon, Dobby felt comfy enough to leave the cage and prance about the house with Opi as if he was a puppy. They primarily played inside…until PiToo came along.
After this eight week old puppy realized the ins and outs of his new stomping grounds, as well as the awesome brotherhood that he was graced to be a part of….the Three Musketeers were born. Shooting out of his cage everyday, Dobby, PiToo, and Opi would spend most of the spring and summer days outside together, coming in for water and a break from the sunshine.
These Three Muskateers never left each others’ side:
And for 5 years, these boys broke every rule about hunter Dogs naturally wanting to kill innocent little bunnies because they chose to be the best of Friends.
Timeless JOY filled our Home as it still does but in new ways…And these timeless moments of JOY are exactly the Medicine in CHRIST I use to keep my heart in His Truth of Eternal Life….
When it was most obvious that Dobby’s little body was beginning to grow tumors all over it, we were all so worried but Prayerful. We tried to make him as comfortable as possible, doting on him when the medicine of play with Opi and PiToo turned in to exhaustion. We could see it in his eyes that after 3 years of living with the tumors, it was soon his time to leave Earth.
A holy joy given to my family and I, in caring for this Trio, and when Dobby finally passed, it was a very bittersweet experience:
…for we were now faced with the Truth that Dobby was back in his True Home, running free and happy with no more tumor-ridden body, combined with the grief of our cherished old bunny no longer being with us to cuddle and coddle.
PiToo and Opi took it fairly well, keeping about their business on the land, occasionally napping in the places where Dobby loved to nap himself and digging out the toys Dobby loved best.
I knew then as I know now, that PiToo and Opi have the ability to go interact with his spirit whenever they go to sleep, which for them is great because they know there is no death! Pure spirits of GOD in JESUS CHRIST can cross all worldly boundaries and time, and unfortunately most humans don’t understand nor believe this.
Humans tend to hold on to grief and sorrow in attachment which tends to become a sickness or an addiction causing differing kinds of troubles for those on Earth. Grief and sorrow are evidence of a compassionate and loving heart that loves LIFE, and are meant to be a part of the Transforming Power which causes one to be more confident in GOD’s Infinite Life. But folks get caught up in the fleshly vision which says, “My loved one is gone from my sight and gone from my touch.”
This limited vision greatly troubles JESUS, because He Wants His Children to KNOW Eternal Life and the JOY of being Graced to Receive Him both within and beyond the flesh!
We buried Dobby in the center of our family Heart Prayer Garden, a special place of honor where SunFlowers are planted every Spring. These flowers tower upwards of 15 feet, creating a peaceful sanctuary for Prayer in the inner part of the Heart. This is my absolute favorite place to write my Healing Songs, and now I have Dobby’s burial place to sit at and contemplate…and to just Breathe in the JOY of this Timeless Life.
Dobby’s gentle spirit is the embodiment of CHRIST’s Love, and I am just so happy and blessed to know that our little guy is living large in Heaven, wigglin’ his sweet little nose at us in constant radiation of his eternal Love…All born of Belonging to our LORD JESUS CHRIST….And I sure do hope that this simple little blog post about our Three Musketeers helps you and all in need. I Pray you choose to focus on JOY as that Gift in CHRIST which Awakens you to the Timelessness and Infinity of this Holy LIFE! GOD Bless your every atom and your every moment, as you become mightier in our Holy LORD!