A horse story …

“The powerful horses galloped out, bursting with energy, eager to patrol through the earth. The Messenger-Angel commanded: “On your way! Survey the earth!” and they were off in every direction. Zechariah 6:7

My friend has three horses that she brings down to Arizona from Iowa each winter to trail ride. I’ve never ridden a horse and have been tempted to ride Bo, the most gentle of her three horses. But the strong animal always made my knees weak and my heart beat faster when I thought about mounting him.

Yesterday, when I visited Kay, I asked how Bo, who is 32 years old, is doing. She said he is becoming lame and doesn’t ride him anymore.  I thought about how I had  procrastinated long enough about riding Bo that now I can safely say I may never ride a horse.

I’ve never had a deep connection with an animal. The part of caring for an aging animal and possibly having to put it down is hard to imagine. I understand that people who have lost pets or a companion,  such as a horse, go through the same deep grief as if the animal was human.

Kay understands Bo won’t be around forever, but she is willing to care for him until given a sign that it is time to make him more comfortable. She knows her animals and they know her love and dedication.

Lord, help us care for and protect the animals you have placed in our care. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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