Sometimes we all need a little comforting. Last night was one of those times for me. My little buddy was in trouble, and things were out of my hands, but God was there by my side to comfort me during a stressful time.

Last night was a fairly hectic evening. My little mutt terrier Charlie bear came running into my office choking and having a hard time breathing. Charlie is about 2 ½ years old and I got him from the local Humane Society shelter when he was about five months old. To see my best bud having a difficult time breathing, was a frightening scene. I sprang into action and it was off to the animal ER.

The service that my veterinarian has is tremendous. We got there at about 10 PM last night, and Charlie was tended to right away.

Little Charlie got into a pair of leather shoes and swallowed a good 2 inch square of leather. For some dogs this wouldn’t be much of a big deal, but Charlie is on the small side at about 30lbs.

Just so you know, Charlie bear is fine, the veterinarian was able to remove a good portion of the leather that was caught in his throat, and the rest should “pass” in the next few days.

Charlie is now home and is recuperating from his ordeal last night.

If you’re reading this post and you don’t own a dog, cat or any animal, then maybe you can’t relate to the stress and worry I had last night. But if you are an animal lover, you know exactly the emotions that I had last night.

Here’s a part of the story I hope that everybody can relate to, and that is a simple “God Moment”

While I was in the waiting room at the veterinarian’s office, I pulled from my pocket a newsletter which one of my friends gave me to look over. He is a graphic artist, and recently did work for a local private school. The newsletter is a monthly package sent to the parents of each student.

He sent me the newsletter via e-mail, I printed it out, meaning to look over it for him, but during the course of the day at some point I folded it and put it in a pocket of one of my sweatshirts.

When Charlie ran into office I grabbed the sweatshirt, threw it on, and drove to the veterinarian’s office.

So while Charlie is being tended to, I’m in the waiting room, and I pulled from my pocket the newsletter I’ve been meaning to look over all day.

In the newsletter is a small blurb dedicated to our “Furry Four Legged Friends”.

It is a quick prayer for family pets.

It goes as the following:

Dear God,

You have done all things wisely, in your goodness you have made us in your image and given us care over all living things. We ask you to protect and bless our pets, and all things that have breath. Guard them and keep them safe. Amen.

I can’t tell you enough how this comforted me while I was waiting in the waiting room. The prayer was nothing but a small blurb in a newsletter, but at that moment in the waiting room, it was God giving me comfort.

There have been times in life when I have asked God for comfort, and I honestly felt alone. But it is moments like this, that are a reassurance from God that He is with us at all times.

Share the prayer with your Youth Ministry, as I’m sure many of them have pets that they love, and encourage them to share a few stories about their furry little friends! Also, as I’m sure most of you know, watch where you put your shoes! To wrap this up, Charlie Bear is fine, I’m at peace, and God is GREAT!