Susie was 14 years old, and a beloved member of the family. She lit up the room, especially my father, when she walked in. Susie was my father’s faithful dog, her princess, for over a decade. He loved to spoil her, take her with him on work trips, and snuggle with her during Sunday afternoon naps. A few weeks ago, my parents made the hard choice to put her down after a short illness. Their house won’t be the same. They provide us with unwavering love, faithfulness, a house covered in dog hair, and, sometimes, a few too many kisses. Losing a pet might not come across as a big deal to some. We’re not talking about a friend or relative. But any pet owner will tell you. Dogs are a part of the family.  Their personalities influence the atmosphere in our home. Their loss is painful to the kids and adults alike.

Throughout our lives, we face many losses. We may get laid off or let go from our work. We may have to say goodbye to a home or a business. We may move far away and say goodbye to friends and neighbors. We have to say goodbye to beloved friends or family who pass away or move away. Someone once said that the only constant in life is change. With changes comes loss. Have you ever felt that the harder you try to hold onto to the old way of doing things, the more God seems to be carrying you into something new? Regardless of the losses that we face, one thing remains the same. 1 Corinthians 13:13 (NLT) says, “Three things will last forever–faith, hope, and love–and the greatest of these is love.” God loves you more than you can fathom. His love for his sheep will never run out or be cut off. His love for you lives on throughout the losses and changes that we face in life. His face shines upon you as his beloved child. Whatever you may be facing today, ask the Lord to remind you of his love throughout today.