The original meaning of “Good Bye” is “God be with you” according to George.
Yesterday, the 14th of December, around 3:40pm, Pepper passed away being unable to wait for George and our children. Because Pepper loved to watch me cooking, in the last her hours, I moved her near the dining-room table where she could see me cooking. She left smelling the food, which was my last gift for her. Right before her last exhale, she opened her eyes widely and barked a few times without a voice. I imagine she saw Jesus, who welcomed her, and she was excited.
At night when our sons and a daughter-in-law came, surrounding Pepper, we shared many of her fun good memories, giving a prayer to thank God for Pepper, and said, “Good bye.” If I think “Good bye” means the final separation, my grief becomes double, but if I think it means “God be with you,” I feel better.
Although I understand Pepper had a good long life accomplishing her purpose that was to bring us joy and comfort, and she is as happy as she can be with the Lord right now, watching her deteriorating every minute and became a cold carcass made me cry.
Since last night, I have talked about death with George. One of his main jobs is to be with a person who is dying and his/her family so that they can walk through their “valley of the shadow of death.” God didn’t create death. Death is the last enemy to be destroyed according to 1 Corinthian 15:26. Everything that has life has to experience death and the separation. Going through the fear, emotional devastation, loss, sadness, and emptiness, I said to George I understood why the Bible called death as the last enemy. Then he said to read Romans8:18 a hundred times.
“Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us. “
I cried putting Pepper’s cold stiff body into a box with flowers. I will cry tomorrow when I will hand the box to the city’s animal control. Nevertheless, the Bible verse assured me that her carcass, which will decay, is only her old clothes. Even though death attacked Pepper, she is now reborn as new Pepper in Heaven!
What an awesome Creator we have!
I miss Pepper very much, but now I feel like I can move on. Believing God’s promises, I want to say, “Good Bye”again to Pepper tomorrow.
Pepper was put in a box for roses. On the top our message says; Good-Bye Pepper, We Love You! PS: See you in Heaven