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A Glimpse of Life Eternal … Is This Body All There is to Life?   2 comments

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Until last year Reggie was a member of our family.  He was an elderly rescue dog.  We loved him dearly and he lived with us long past his expected ‘use by’ date.

Gradually last year I noticed that he was slowing down and sleeping much of the time.  I understand that animals don’t stay with us forever.  They come and they bless us, and we them, and they move on.  It was starting to feel like Reggie might be about to move on. 

One Saturday morning he seemed to be in a long deep sleep.  By lunch time it seemed that he was going.  He couldn’t be roused and he had lost control of his bodily functions.  I sat on the floor beside his bed and turned to God.  “Tell me how to think about this,”  I asked.  Then the question came:  “Is it the body that you love?”  The answer was, of course, “No!”  “Then what?  What is it that you love?”  I could see so clearly in that moment that this body was an irrelevance.  Reggie was very real but he was not just this body.

I sat quietly and the inspirations came. I saw more clearly than I had ever done before, the immortality of life – life that was spiritual, eternal, untouched by matter and material claims.  I was so absorbed in these thoughts and what God was teaching me that I forgot to notice the body lying beside me.  My husband came to the door to see how he was going and Reggie lifted his head a little and opened his eyes.  I offered him some water and he drank it.  Within a few minutes he was sitting up.  I offered him food which he ate and shortly after that he was up and around.  The next day he was quiet but well and happy.  By Monday he was urging us to take him for a walk and when we put him on the lead he was first out the door at a run.

Reggie did leave us later that year.  Until he went he was well and active and lost none of his faculties. This time when it seemed that he was going I asked God:  “What do I need to know about this?”  The answer was different. “You know who Reggie is.  You have seen this.  Trust it.  Now is the time to let him go.  You don’t need to hang onto the body because you know that it is not the real him!”  When he left there were times when I missed him, but I can honestly say I was never sad about his absence.  I knew so well that nothing had changed.  He was still Reggie – the same gentle, loving giant he had always been.  I knew that God was still caring for him just as tenderly.

I look to thee in every need, and never look in vain;

I feel Thy touch, eternal Love, and all is well again: …

Thy hand in all things I behold, And all things in Thy hand.

Thou leadest me by unsought ways, Thou turn’st my mourning into praise.

(Christian Science Hymnal 134)

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