After a couple months of deeply feeling the loss of our dear pug Dodi, we have adopted a rescue puppy from Arkansas, an adorable 3 pound, 3 month old toy fox terrier/chihuahua mix. I hadn’t realized how much my heart was still hurting from the loss of Dodi until I experienced the huge outpouring of love that came when I put precious little Sofia in my arms. She is named after Princess Sofia, the first Disney princess who was a commoner and became royalty (as opposed to the previous princesses who were royalty and had to regain their status.) We felt it a perfect name for a rescue puppy who went from an abandoned litter to becoming our princess, although now that she’s been with us a few days perhaps Dora the Explorer would have been more appropriate!
The power of love. It is real and miraculous. Whether parent to child, person to pet, pet to person, among relatives, with true friends, through acts of lovingkindness to others, it is the healing balm for this world.
Do you know families who are without much material wealth, perhaps even struggle to make ends meet, or worse, can’t quite make it? Yet the bond they have of love often makes their lives more rich than many who seemingly have more. Do you know people who feel alone, unloved, isolated? We all feel that way to some extent at times in varying degrees. Yet those who engage others in their lives with whom they share – give and receive – love have found the cure for these ailments, these attacks on our well being. Some are not able to have children which of course is unfortunate for those who want them. Yet HaShem has given us an amazing capacity to love and often finding other recipients of that powerful, yet gentle, force through fostering, volunteering at children’s hospitals, babysitting, adopting, helps to fill that seemingly bottomless capacity we have to love others. And I think it’s been said as we love others, so we will be loved too (though that should never be the motivation, just an observation.) Ellen helping the children (and adults) in Haiti, Stacele ringing the Salvation Army bell, the Joiners bringing prayer to strangers, so many examples of love, just plain old, wonderful, love.
Those deprived of a loving childhood may find it hard to love others, or conversely, may feel the need to love others even moreso to make up for the lack of it they experienced. The dynamics can be complicated. But the bottom line is the same for all – we were created by Yeshua in love, to love, and are loved beyond measure by our Abba.
The rescue agency from which we adopted Sofia is called Unconditional Love Rescue. Watching the videos on YouTube of the work they do shows me why they picked that name. For such sacrificial love to save others, and the circle of love with our Abba that we enter when we live a life of love may be that which brings us the closest to Him.