Today I have been thinking about people and pets I have loved who are no longer with me. Rusty, pictured here, is one of them. Every time I think of him, I find myself saying, “How I loved that dog!” And I still do! I often think of the people in my life who are gone now and the thoughts come, —Oh, how I have loved! And, I still do!
I wonder. How is it that my heart is so full of love, still, for my loved ones who have died, but yet, there is room in my heart for love for new people and pets who come into my life. When someone new comes along, there is plenty of room in my heart for love, and it doesn’t displace my love for those who have died. How amazing this is! There is always room for love if we open our hearts to it. No need to be pinched, crabbed or bitter about losing my dear one. The love, the memories are at home in me, filling the nooks and crannies of my heart home, and yet there is plenty of room for the new loves that are taking up residence there.
I feel sorry for those who close themselves and cling to that which is gone and will not welcome the new. I’m grateful for the God-given capacity to love. It has to be a God gift, for God is LOVE!