There is this song....about God's love...
You might know it, there is this line,
...."heaven meets earth like a sloppy wet kiss..."
.. now I understand.
Sunday....we walked into our little church that meets in an elementary school gymnasium. I noticed there was a man sitting alone, bearded face in hands, resting elbows on his knees, looking down at the floor through dark sunnies (what my grandson calls very cool sunglasses). Clearly, he wanted to be alone.
My heart went out to this man, wondering about his story.
During worship, Chester, rather than resting & nestling by my feet, kept standing & staring at this man sitting in the corner.
"You want to go see him don't you?" I said to my furry, & oh.so.sensitive friend.
I followed his lead, and we went to the back of the room. Chester nuzzled his head between the man's elbows and quietly, gently, kissed his beard over and over.
I waited. Watched. I could not stop my own tears.
The man leaned his head into Chester's neck and rested there. He took off his sunnies and wiped his tear-drenched eyes.
"Chester, my dog, apparently wanted to visit you. I hope it is ok." I said.
"Oh yes, more than ok, I love dogs." the man said.
I touched his shoulder and told him I was glad he was here. He asked me if I would like to sit next to him. He brought me a chair.Chester resumed his spot, sitting between the man's knees, looking up to his face.
The worship music faded, and people began to visit.
The man looked at me, "I don't know if I can stay, I am overwhelmed. There is so much love here."
Later, I learned....This man. This dear man. His 6 year old son is battling cancer.
Everyone has a story.
And sometimes, sometimes, God just might use the sloppy wet kisses of a tender pup, to break through the darkness, into healing love.
I do love that about Him.
PS If you are curious, that song....it's called "How He Loves"