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Pets are well loved members of a family, and their passing can be very tricky to come to terms with, particularly for little people. For many kids their very first experience with grief can be through the loss of a pet, and the resulting heartbreak can be very overwhelming. There’s lots of ways we can try to deal with all of these heavy feelings, but the Bible teaches us the very best way is to bring them to God.
Of course feeling upset when sad things happen is a perfectly acceptable reaction, but God reassures us that He is there to heal those parts of us that hurt, and bring comfort through all things that come our way.
Peachy is a true story, based on my daughter Fern’s very first pet; a much desired friend that she’d been waiting for for a long time. Peachy’s passing was a shock for all of us, and watching Fern try and navigate her first truly broken heart was so incredibly hard. But God proved Himself faithful, and being able to teach her where to turn for comfort was a beautiful lesson.
Fern still misses Peachy, but her amazing little heart has been healed and strengthened by her loving Heavenly Father.