Advent Devotion - 12/29/16

“Unconditional Love”

 As I write this devotional, our sixteen and a half year old black lab-border collie mix, Dozer, is in his last days.  We adopted him in January 2001 and he has been a wonderful part of the family.  He would let Isabella ride on his back when she was little.  Squirrels and cats would not dare trespass in the yard.  And when he heard my old Chevy pickup start, he knew we were going to the dump.  He rode the whole way with his head out the window, ears flapping and tongue blown over to his cheek.  Dozer showed us what unconditional love was all about.  If only I could love others like he loved us!  Here’s a poem I found on the Internet about the love of dogs.  I hope it speaks to you as it has me . . .

Pastor Bob

When a dog offers you his heart

Accept it with a smile

For his love will last a lifetime—

Which is such a little while.

 

When a dog offers you his heart

Take it gladly and with pride

For he will be a faithful friend

Ever by your side.

 

A dog loves you because you’re you—

Not for how you speak or what job you do

You could be short, tall, think or fat

Or ugly as sin, he doesn’t care about that.

 

A dog knows if you’re good or bad

He can see inside your soul

When he decides you’re okay

To earn your love is his main goal.

 

When you’re sad, he’ll comfort you

And kiss away each tear

Youmay even wake up in the morning

With a cold nose in your ear.

 

When eventually the time comes

And the lights in his eyes dim

A new star will shine in Heaven

In remembrance of him.

 

You’ll gaze up at the midnight sky

And you will hear him say—

I’m so glad you were my human

We’ll meet again some day!”

 

So, if this poem has caused a tear to fall

That’s because you love the dog who’s

Giving you his all

go travel on together, happily paw in glove

He’s the only one who’ll ever give you

Unconditional love.

 

When a dog offers you his heart

Accept it with a smile

For his love will last a lifetime -

Which is such a little while. [1]

 

 [1] Unconditional Love—A poem for everyone who loves dogs—copied.