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  1. Alex says:

    I sit here with my dog whose mouth is bleeding from teeth extractions due to dental problems, whining, as I give him comfort, pain meds, and plan to sit by his side all day today.

    I thought of Father Richard Rohr when I read this.
    Richard Rohr’s book: “Another name of everything”.
    There is a dedication at the front of the book:
    “I dedicate this book to my beloved Labrador, Venus.
    She accompanied me for 15 years and I had to give her into God’s hands.
    Without self-justification or theological phrases, I can say:
    Venus was also Christ for me.”

  2. Michael says:

    Alex,

    Thank you for sharing that…I would heartily agree.
    Prayers for you and your dog as you make yet another bond as he recovers…

  3. Linn says:

    Thank you, Michael. My church experiences have tended to frown on animals being in heaven, but I’ve always thought about the redemption, the new creation, and all the furry friends over the years. I just figured that if God knows I need a kitty in heaven, one will be waiting for me. 🙂

  4. Michael says:

    Linn,

    If my departed friends are not in heaven with me, it’s not heaven at all…and next to seeing Jesus, I look most forward to seeing Chester and Miss Kitty and others who made my life bearable…

  5. Matt says:

    Idk…I wouldn’t argue against it, and I love my dog, but what about the thousands of chickens I’ve eaten?

  6. JimmieT says:

    To each his(her) own. I had a friend down the block who had a pet rattlesnake. Rattlesnakes in heaven- Yikes!

  7. Dan from Georgia says:

    I hate roaches and centipedes. Michael reminded me that all creation will be redeemed. How that works with some critters I don’t know.

    As far as having animals in heaven, if our Lord can multiply fishes and make the rocks cry out, then how are His hands tied in resurrecting pets?

  8. Michael says:

    “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them.
    The cow and the bear shall graze; their young shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.
    The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den.
    They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD”
    (Isaiah 11:6–9 ESV)

  9. Dan from Georgia says:

    Good verses~!

  10. Michael says:

    A disembodied “heaven” is not the final home. A recreated, renewed earth with new bodies is.

    All God’s creation was called “good” in the Garden and so it will be in the new Earth.

    My personal opinion is that the difference between pet and food is love…love doesn’t die, it temporarily changes location.

    Love sanctifies and will resurrect…

  11. Muff Potter says:

    Alex @ 5 Nov – 9:44 AM,
    You are a righteous man, Proverbs 12:10 says so…

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