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Topic: Our Mutual Friend (not about the book) (09/15/11)
TITLE: Our Companion
By Esther Phillips
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He said, “We’re not getting a dog.” And I agreed.
We arrived at the Pet Store and she showed us the “cute” dog. She was right that it was incredibly cute. So after hanging out there for awhile and her showing us all the things she had set up in her new store, we ended up buying the dog and taking her home with us.
We enjoyed this little ball of fur for many years. I came home from work one day, and my husband was sitting on the couch. He didn’t have the TV on nor was he reading a paper which is what he usually did.
I asked, “What is going on.”
He said, “The dog is gone. She had an incurable disease and the Vet put her to sleep.” He added, kind of as an afterthought “and we’re not getting any more dogs.”
Several months went by and close to his birthday, our kids took the grandkids out and found him a new dog. They invited him over to their house. When he came in, he was just happy to see the kids and they were all giggling. He asked, “What is going on?” Then he saw the box and looked in it where his new dog was. When they told him they had gotten him a new dog, he immediately said, “I don’t want a dog.”
We took the dog home and for quite some time, he didn’t have much to do with her. Then she gradually started working on him. He ended up enjoying her so much clear up to his death.
Her name is Mabel and she now is my companion. She has dug out under the fence so many times, and people call me to say they have her. Sometimes I thought she was just annoying. I finally solved that problem by installing a long leash for her that I hook her up to when she is out. Yea, no more digging out! I can just enjoy her now.
Scripture reveals in how God is looking out for his faithful ones: “He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. Then you will understand what is right and just and fair—every good path.” (Proverbs 2:7-9, NIV)
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