'It's just an animal...'
Very sorry for your loss. We raised two cats until they were 19 and 20, and we still miss them. Hopefully you can find a new friend for Viktor after you’ve all had time to heal.
....not "just" an animal....substack needs a "very sad" emoticon....thanks for sharing this, Daniel... a little bit cathartic, I hope
We have critters and each time God takes one of them it leaves a gigantic hole in our hearts. We remember them fondly and are thankful for the time they spent with us. Here is a nice poem that I first saw at our vet. Rainbow Bridge. https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/6e/62/4f/6e624fd04f902a2283cc9066e1d660cc.jpg
Another "gut punch" from your writing, but in a good way. You truly articulate the good, true, and beautiful even while describing the "cross" of living in a fallen world. I would note that I subscribe to (I think it was Saint Irenaeus) the doctrine of the "recapitulation." At the final Advent and the return of our Lord Christ Jesus, it will be not just humans (believers) in the New Heavens and Earth, but all of creation--the animals that were first in Eden as well as, yes, our dear pets. I believe I will get to meet Oliver. Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Hallelujah.
Sorry Daniel. It always hurts deeply. Thanks for saving Oliver as a kitten and giving him a nice home and friends.
"Animals do not have souls so there is nothing to hope for".
Neither do human and while we're on the subject - try growing up.
As a huge animal lover and multiple pet owner, I found this a hard read. Sorry about poor Oliver.
Oliver was blessed to be discovered by your girls and have a wonderful life with you , his family.....thank you for sharing his story and your sorrow.
(Daniel, animals do have souls !)
Daniel, I am really sorry for your loss. I have gone through this and the wife and I have five cats...many with some of the same kind of history. Struggle and abandonment. You and yours gave this little critter life and happiness! Maybe events like this are messages from God. Trust Him! One of my favorite Bible passages: Isaiah 11:6-9.