Do you remember the Little House on the Prairie episode when Laura's dog Jack dies?
She is hurt, angry, confused, lonely. Pa brings her a new dog and Laura wants nothing to do with it.
She loved Jack so very much and can not imagine ever loving another the same.
In fact, you get the sense, she almost wishes she never had Jack in the first place so she wouldn't
have to feel the pain of losing him.
Today-my New Jersey friends...I am really missing you. Missing you, like Laura missed Jack. Missing you like, I almost wonder if it would have been better to never have known the wonderful joy of having such women as you as my dear friends. For, on days like today, when I am sad, and lonely - it is then I realize the most what I am missing.
But...like Laura, in time, came to love Bandit-in a different way than Jack-but loved him all the same: I know in time I will come to love new friends here. I am also reminded, ONCE AGAIN, that I should be leaning on the Lord more-and looking to lean on people less.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Thank you God, that I didn't move out here without You! You are with me, wherever I go-in whatever challenges I face and give me all that I need to get through it each day. Please, Lord, give me the courage to persevere and the compassion and love to do it your way.