Mary and her husband Jim had a dog, Lucky. Lucky was a real character. Whenever Mary and Jim had company come for a weekend visit they would warn their friends to not leave their luggage open because Lucky would help himself to whatever struck his fancy.
Inevitably, someone would forget
and something would come up missing. Mary or Jim would
go to Lucky's toy box in the basement and there the treasure
would be, amid all of Lucky's favorite toys. Lucky
always stashed his finds in his toy box and he was very
particular that his toys stay in the box.
It happened that Mary found out she
had breast cancer. Something told her she was going to
die of this disease, she was just sure it was fatal..
She scheduled the double mastectomy, fear riding her
shoulders. The night before she was to go to the
hospital she cuddled with Lucky. A thought struck her..
.what would happen to Lucky? Although the
three-year-ol d dog liked Jim, he was Mary's dog through and
through. If I die,
Lucky will be abandoned, Mary
thought. He won't understand that I didn't want to
leave him. The thought made her sadder than thinking
of her own death.
The double mastectomy was
harder on Mary than her doctors had anticipated and Mary was
hospitalized for over two weeks. Jim took Lucky for
his evening walk faithfully, but the little dog just
drooped, whining and miserable.
Finally the day came for Mary
to leave the hospital. When she arrived home, Mary was so
exhausted she couldn't even make it up the steps to
her bedroom. Jim made his wife comfortable on the couch and
left her to nap.
Lucky stood watching Mary but he
didn't come to her when she called. It made Mary sad
but sleep soon overcame her and she dozed. When Mary
woke, for a second she couldn't understand what was wrong.
She couldn't move her head and her body felt heavy and hot.
But panic soon gave way to laughter when Mary realized the
problem. She was covered, literally blanketed, with every
treasure Lucky owned!
While she had slept, the sorrowing
dog had made trip after trip to the basement bringing
his beloved mistress all his favorite things in life. He had
covered her with his love. Mary forgot about dying.
Instead she and Lucky began living again, walking
further and further together every night. It's been 12 years
now and Mary is still cancer-free.
Isn't that a picture of our
Lord Jesus Christ?? Just when we think things are at
their worst, He covers us with Love, giving us the strength
and courage we need to forge ahead. Lucky? He still steals
treasures and stashes them in his toy box but Mary
remains his greatest treasure.
Live everyday to the fullest. The people
who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the
most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They
are the ones that care.
Be kinder than necessary, for everyone
you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
THE SOWER, a
weekly publication of the Arthur church of Christ, Arthur,
IL. Ron Bartanen, who serves as minister and editor, may be
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