There have been too many Sundays that I have chronicled the aftermath of unanswered prayers. On this Sunday I would like to celebrate the joy left in the wake of prayers answered in the affirmative.
We begin with one of our oldest and most cherished friends who was with us when we cleared the land and built the dog houses to create this beloved spot for so many of our lonely friends. Koda stands tall in his role as one of the leaders of our pack.
A torn ACL tried to cut our dear friend down to our tiny size. This combined with a careless vet who prescribed the wrong medication made a dire situation worse and put Koda on the gurney towards the operating room after many weeks of dieting to take some weight off the weary tendon.
Luckily, in a plot twist reserved for movies, Koda’s original doctor returned to town, replacing the careless fool with the prescription pad, to do his surgery. We gathered together to ask the All Mighty to guide the surgeon’s hand and to help Koda awaken after his surgery. Thankfully he graciously granted our prayers. And the next day, when Koda wouldn’t eat, he granted our prayers again by giving our friend his appetite back. We are still praying that Koda fully recovers. The Lord has granted out prayers through the hardest time, we are sure he will continue to do so.
Having one answered prayer a week has been a challenge lately never mind multiple answered prayers but the All Mighty has been in a generous mood. And answering multiple requests for the same dog is pushing the limits. But it is what Summer Grace needed.
Summer has gone through cancer treatment in the past and it was a struggle to keep her with us. Summer’s Mom has been very diligent in checking her for any growths. We can only imagine how her heart must have dropped when she found growths on her best friend as she gently stroked Summer. Having been down this torturous path before her Mom knew what to do. Summer was taken into surgery, and again we prayed that the doctor’s hand be guided and Summer recover. And again our prayers were answered. The growth was removed, and it was benign. Our friend is on the road to recovery.
Finally there is Bella, a very special dog in her own right. While my pack spends days lying on blankets and searching for a warm lap Bella gives her time going to the senior citizen home and bringing smiles to the faces for those who were afraid they had lost their smiles.
Bella became ill suddenly: Vomiting, loose stools and no appetite. Her liver enzymes were high and her doctor told her Mom that Bella must have eaten something toxic. She was given medicine and was told it would pass. But it didn’t, poor Bella grew progressively worse and her mother grew more worried.
We prayed for an answer to what ailed our generous friend, for her to eat, and to keep down, and in, what she consumed. Finally her doctor, after several Mom requests, acquiesced and did an x-ray which showed part of a toy in Bella’s small intestine. The surgery, and the prayers, were performed, and said, via emergency, and again the prayers were answered yes. Bella is home, eating correctly and holding her food down, well on her way to recovery, and returning to the senior center to help find more smiles.
So we give thanks for three answered prayers this week, and ask that we be granted many more to come in the weeks and months ahead.