No More Good-byes
By: Grammy Sue
One day soon there will be no more tears, no more good-byes.
But last Friday was a day when we said a forever good-bye to Kiah.
I'd like to fume and rage over the injustice, but I won't.
It wouldn't do any good.
A little girls' heart was broken – broken beyond imagination.
She's fragile. She didn't need strangers to walk in and threaten our dog.
She didn't need to suffer more violence from an unkind world.
We don't fight Evil on their low ground.
We must fight from the Sky.
Like Dani says, the sky is where we see God.
Psalm 2 says Gods laughs at the bullies, for he's confident in His own ability to make something Good come out of this tragedy.
So we've forgiven the spiritually violent man, the one who forced our dog to have to go away.
Kiah is in a safe place now, with lots of room to work and play.
Yes, a real ranch, and he'll be trained to herd cows.
God worked a miracle through Grandpa.
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What can we do in the face of such evil?
Two words that God gave me a week ago: Cultivate Kindness.
I believe we're simply to be faithful in cultivating kindness.
Cultivation means turning up the soil. Digging out weeds.
Planting seeds. Watering. Fertilizing.
Cultivating kindness is an act of HOPE – Hope that we can heal the wounds that Evil inflicts.
We can cultivate kindness in our home, to ourselves, and even to strangers.
What we sow comes back to us, multiplied.
I feel sorry for the men who temporarily made our lives miserable.
I feel sorry for the men who cast out an 8-month old puppy – a dog we loved and cherished so.
A dog this little Dani-girl loved and hugged and played with every single day.
I forgive these evil men, for they don't know what they've done.
While incurring God's anger, they also released to us a huge blessing from God.
Just watch and see.
Love always wins.
No matter how dark the world gets, God's Love shines all the Brighter.
We write this story down, because it does our heart good to remember all the days of our lives the Goodness and Kindness of God.
We will keep remembering and we will share His acts of kindness with the next generation.
We will push back the darkness with acts of kindness.
This is our rebellion.
And this is our reward: more Love.
And one day, there will be no more good-byes.
Dani's words, "Look to the Sky" were published just an hour before the events described here.
And maybe that's what we need to keep doing… looking to God to trimph over evil.