This is Christmas: not the tinsel, not the giving and receiving, not even the carols, but the humble heart that receives anew the wondrous gift, the Christ.
- Frank McKibben
Last week I wrote about an amazing dog named Capitán who has stood a nightly vigil at his master’s grave for six years. Capitán, a shepherd, looks like a sentry, a sort of spiritual sentry, not so much waiting for his master but honoring him, communing with him in some way that we will only understand when we too pass to the other side.
I still have vivid dreams about my past dogs. My dogs have left such a deep mark on my soul that I can only believe they were put in my life by God. How else to explain it?
In response to the blog about Capitán, a good friend of mine, Guideposts author Kitty Slattery, sent me this video, called “God Made a Dog.”
If you haven’t seen it, you are in for something special. If you have, it’s definitely worth a second look. And then give your dog a big long hug. He is God-given, after all.
Edward Grinnan is Editor-in-Chief and Vice President of Guideposts Publications. Edward lives in New York City with two blondes—his wife, Julee, and Golden Retriever, Millie, who has been featured in his blog and popular videos. Edward loves cycling, hiking with Millie at his house in the Berkshire Hills and Wolverines that hail from Michigan.
If you need a little boost of inspiration, pick up a copy of Edward's book The Promise of Hope: How True Stories of Hope and Inspiration Saved My Life and How They Can Transform Yours.