Saying Goodbye to “Wish Wish” – a Faithful Loving Friend

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I loved her very much, my faithful feline friend whom we named “Wish Wish” at a time when my children were much younger than they are today. Somehow the last few weeks represented a difficult landmark in my life for many reasons and her passing was a symbol of how I felt at the time…

I found Wish Wish abandoned around fifteen years ago as she lay breathing her last amongst other little siblings who lay dead around her. Gently I lifted her and carried her indoors to the heat of the kitchen. For the first few weeks I fed her like a baby. Every few hours night and day she took sustenance from a little dropper until at last she had grown into a beautiful larger kitten. She rewarded us so much for saving her life by being one of the most affectionate pets I have ever known. She would go for a walk with us out the back lane like a little puppy running ahead and indeed she had a long and happy life – but I felt truly bereaved when she died. Driving home from a hospital visit one night after her death I felt the pain of losing her and sorrow deep within my heart.

Wish Wish was no ordinary cat; she knew how to open doors by reaching up to put the handle down, she let us know her needs too, but most of all she was there for me, showing love in most extraordinary ways. Two years ago when my father passed away and I had received other bad news, I sat crying in the chair one night when suddenly I heard her jump on a high stool beside me and then felt her face close to mine, her green eyes staring into mine, her whiskers softly brush off me and then she licked my face. I believe that she knew exactly how I felt.

Wish Wish was brought to the vet some weeks ago where an x-ray revealed a large growth in her stomach. In our dying, polluted and diseased world animals too are suffering…

How I long for that day when there will be a new heaven and a new earth (Rev.21v1; Isaiah 65v17) – and pain, sorrow, death and crying shall be no more. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes…” (Rev.21v4)

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”

“For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” (Romans 8v22) Surely it is as if all of creation is literally in the pains of childbirth, waiting to be delivered from the burden of the curse.

Pain, disease, violence on the earth, dying and sorrow were not how it was meant to be… but thank God that “the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” (Romans 8v2)

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8v28)

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8v18)

Sometimes we may feel a strange loneliness in our sorrow, even when surrounded by loved ones… but we shouldn’t, for “there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18v24)

As I was confronted with some very distressing events in my life just recently, many verses from Romans 8 have comforted me… “As it is written, for thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8v36-39)

With these precious promises and multitudes more let us encourage one another as we cast our burdens upon He who loved us and gave Himself for us, for “if God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8v31)

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