A Touch of Encouragement

A Touch of Encouragement


Losing Jackson Bear

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How losing a pet taught Martha Williamson a lesson in forgiveness.



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Karen

posted May 18, 2010 at 9:06 am


That is one of the saddest story’s I have ever heard. I am glad my sister in law runs a pet resort that is a non kill shelter as well. I do not imagine they would make the mistake in the first place, but if they did the persons dog would be there one way or another when they get back. I am so sorry for you loss and your ending to your honeymoon. I pray for you and all the animals. PS I watch Tough by an Angel last night on Hallmark, just love it! Fondly, Karen



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Sally

posted May 18, 2010 at 9:48 am


Thank you, Martha, for posting this today. I’m so very, very sorry for your loss and the circumstance surrounding it. Jackson Bear sounds exactly like our little Bosley, a beautiful buff Lhasa Apso we had to put down last year. I still miss his little face and personality every day.
I also needed to hear your words at this very moment, as I’ve been struggling with forgiveness toward my husband, and just knowing that I can ask God to help me work toward it – someday – has helped me, and made my day a little brighter. God Bless you!



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Lola Griffin

posted May 18, 2010 at 10:32 am


Good morning Martha. What a beautiful video today. I’m a pet lover. We have 5 cats and a wonderful dog Tipper. She is 16 years old, blind and deaf, but she still knows when we are anywhere near her and she comes up to us for her daily dose of love. Our pets are a gift from God. He blesses us with them knowing we will love and take good care of them. In my husbands and I 12 years of marriage we’ve lost 3 of our beautiful cats, and each time the loss was devastating. It really doesn’t matter whether you have them for years or months, when they are not with you anymore its just heartbreaking. Although I’ve not experienced a loss in the way you have (how horrible that must have been) I have experienced that loss and I’m here to tell you it HURTS! Thank you for your kind words. I look forward to opening your email and hearing your words of wisdom, love and encouragement. You are a blessing to all of us.
Have a Beautiful and Blessed Day,
Lola



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karen

posted May 18, 2010 at 11:22 am


Isn’t our God great?? He knows just what we need, when we need it and who to use. I have been struggling with forgiveness towards my husband and this came right at the time I needed it. God bless you.
Karen



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Dianne Pusey

posted May 18, 2010 at 4:43 pm


Forgiveness does not always come easy but each time I consider my imperfection and God’s abundant supply of grace, mercy and love flowing into my life inspite of the same, I can’t help but surrender my heart to him and allow his spirit to work through me. The difficult part is when surrending takes a little longer than I care to admit, but God never fails as I’m learning to say, like you “I’m willing to be made willing. Also sometimes you think you have forgiven but when the same issue constantly arises and you respond with anger immediately rather than forgiveness, it’s then you get to understand what the scripture means to forgive a person 70×7 in one day :-) The bottom line is forgiveness frees your spirit and opens your heart to love again and if for only that reason, it is always best to forgive. Thanks again Martha for sharing this.



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janet Fuller

posted May 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm


Thanks for sharing this story. We have a Havanese which is part Bison and part poodle. His name is Baxter. He is our little pal. My heart hurts to hear this sad, sad story. I know this was very difficult for you and your husband. I would have been the same way and my heart would hurt and does for you. I am thankful to see that God has given you another little pal. I know this little pal will bring joy to you. Baxter has been a great comfort and companion to me during a recent time of breast cancer. He was a little joy daily as he would lay with me and also play. He loved walking with my husband and I on the beach where we stayed while going through radiation. A little blessing from God.
Thank you for sharing. You share everyday life experiences. Blessings to you, Janet



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Loriann

posted May 18, 2010 at 6:06 pm


What a sad story, but a wonderful lesson. I have learned this lesson,a different situation but the same feelings. I remember thinking, saying, “forgiveness is my goal”. Recently, during a meditation at a Sunday morning service, it came to me “I totally forgive her”. I knew it would happen one day, it took a while, a couple of years, but it happened.
I always enjoy your videos, thank you so much.



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Helen

posted May 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm


Hi Martha,
Thank you for sharing your beautiful story. I like you had a devistating experience of losing my beautiful Maltese Pebbles many years ago. I was oveseas at the time she went to doggie heaven (as I believe there is) I left her at the University to be cared for as she had a condition called Cushings disease. In the morning before dropping her she wouldn’t leave me alone kept following me & licking me. I believe she knew that she was going to pass on. When I dropped her at the Uni they showed me where she would be etc & put her in her cage. I didn’t go back one more time as didn’t want to upset her. She died that night. I was just distraught & cried for weeks. It is also 10 yrs since she went & I think of her everyday I have her ashes still. I now have two other dogs 1 I rescued Lucky & my replacement Malt Zoe both different personalities I love them to bits.
Thanks for your story. I look forward to your words of wisdom & encouragement & loved Touched by an Angel.



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SuzanneWA

posted May 18, 2010 at 10:39 pm


Your sad, sad story reminds me of the time my first late husband and I went across the country for a convention, and left our ailing setter, Thurman, behind, in the care of our roommate. Thurman had heartworms, and, unfortunately, they killed him while we were absent. My husband called home for Thurman’s status – and was told that he had just collapsed, and breathed his last. We both broke into heartrendering sobs and wails, all in the pay-phone room. We couldn’s stop crying. Some poor man came by to use the other phone, and departed as quickly as he came. Guess he didn’t want to catch what we had…Having been through the loss of a dearly beloved collie many years before, I knew the best thing for us was to get another dog – IMMEDIATELY. That night, we didn’t get much sleep; Thurman was my husband’s hunting buddy for YEARS, so he was more devastated than I was. We got on the plane the next day and flew home, neither of us saying very much. Two months later, we traveled a couple states away to pick up our NEW puppy – named Sherman. The next night, my husband was called out of town, and Sherman was left outside with the other dogs. Well, he yelped and barked up a storm, and I had no choice but to bring him in the house. I let him in our bedroom, and he quickly got on the bed with me; all I was worried about was if he was going to have an “accident” during my watch!! He was such a good boy, not a whimper or cry all night. Although my husband blamed himself for not vaccinating Thurman for heartworms, it took him a LONG time to forgive HIMSELF. One night, we got on our knees, and asked the Lord to take the pain away, and the marvelous thing about our Savior is – that he DID. Sherman became a “replacement” for Thurman, but not another Thurman. We loved this little bundle of joy, and, believe me, we got him vaccinated as soon as he was old enough!



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Donna

posted May 19, 2010 at 3:44 am


Martha I cannot thank you enough for the story of Jackson Bear. I lost my little Rat terrier in 2008 and to this day when I think about her I still cry. So when I saw that you could still share your pain after 10 years I don’t feel so bad. I have 2 little rescue dogs and a rescue cat but no one will ever replace Skylar and the love that she gave me each and every day of her life. Thanks so much for all that you do. You are truly an angel to me.



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Angie

posted May 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm


Hi Martha
You have touched my heart again, We had to put are little dog KO-KO to sleep in March
of this year . Every day I miss him ,You see Ko-ko belonged to my parteners Mom and when
she passed away we took over and he was the greatest thing in are lives.He went with us everywhere . We loved him so much, you see I was the feeder and my partener was the giver. When my partener would leave to out some where KO- KO would go in to the wash and get his shirt and put it in his bed until my partener got home . He was the cutist little thing. We miss him so much .When you where talking about Jackson Bear , my heart went out to you. I would love to get another Little Dog , but in time God will see to that.!!!!!! Take Care and Thank You Again for your Great insight !!!!! God Bless Angie



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robin

posted May 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm


your story had me crying,it does take a lot to find that forgiveness and am so glad that you did.going through a different circumstance in my life taught me that i had to forgive because it was just turning me so black inside it was hard to do and took some time but i did and am so glad and i just pray that these people that tried to ruin my family can forgive themselves or to even realize that they themselves need to forgive but to also be forgiving themselves thanks for your story Robin



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Jenny

posted May 20, 2010 at 8:08 pm


Martha,
your story has just brought me to tears.
I rescently lost my dog, Murphy on 3-31-10 to congestive heart failure and I am still dealing with a lot of grief and sadness.



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Dyan Raymond

posted May 23, 2010 at 3:51 pm


Hi Martha,
I just got back from vacation and I missed my quiet time with you. I just watched your video about Jackson Bear. Of course like everyone else, I cried, for many reasons. I cried because, I had a lovly cat who died. I felt he went through a lot with my daughter and I while I was going through a divorce. We loved him very much, but he didn’t get the attention he deserved. And then, you mentioned forgiveness. I have anger in my heart and don’t really want to forgive the person. But, she’s married to my brother and I never get to be with him anymore. It’s been 8 years, or more since I have spoken to him, and we aren’t getting any younger. I guess we’ll have to wait until we both go to heaven. Plus, many more things in my life that have been very difficult to forgive, my father. Forget it! He’s dead and gone. I can’t imagine seeing him in heaven. You are the sweetest sister anyone could have. I appreciate you. Thanks for sharing. Some how it has made me feel better. It has given me a bit more hope.
Love,
Dyan



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posted May 24, 2010 at 8:59 pm


Hi Martha
Thanks for sharing your story…I to have lost a pet that was very dear to me. I had Snuggles from the time I went to high school, through college in another state and when I left to make a home again in another state. She passed away a little more then 10 years ago and I still have her ashes next to her picture in my cabinet. She was a child to me and to this day I still miss her and cry when I think about her. I nursed her in her last days to keep her comfortable until the Lord was ready to take her. I know she didn’t want to leave me since she followed me everywhere I went even the hour before she passed and she was very weak. A few weeks after she passed my sister adopted me a small dog and I named her Magee. She will never replace Snuggles but she is wonderful and loving. A few weeks ago I almost lost her when a large dog got in the fenced yard and attacked her. I saw the whole thing and jumped off the porch to grab her not thinking about what could happen to me but I had to save her. I picked her up and we both cried as I comforted her. She did get stitches and I was alright but it has made me think about life without her and how I would miss her. I come home every night and kiss her and tell her what a good girl she is. My grandmother who is passed on used to say that pets are a gift from God and we have them to spoil them. I always remember those words….I truly am sorry for your loss and no matter how much time goes by we don’t forget those that are a part of our heart and life.
Jodi



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