I saw a short video, “Denali”, which is a story of a dog Denali, who kept along side of his master, Ben, when he was battling cancer in 2004. Ben beat the cancer, but 10 years later, this time Denali got cancer and died. This video was made by Ben, who is a photographer, as a tribute to Denali.
I ,as a dog lover, am moved deeply always by such a story, in which the master and the dog were so faithful each other and became one till the end.
At night in the Bible study, we read the love chapter, 1st Corinthians chapter 13:
“ Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
Though it was only Jesus who demonstrated such love perfectly, I noticed I saw this love in the video, “Denali”.
I also noticed this is the reason why I love dogs. They are not only cute, but also very loyal to their masters, never give up, never betray, and keep loving in every circumstance.
The Bible says that the most important commandment is to love God, our Lord, with all our heart, with all our mind, and with all our soul, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. I wonder if God gave a dog to humans as a good example for this commandment. In the video, the narrator quoted from a dog scientist, “ people can learn a lot from a dog. If someone you love walks through the door, even if it happens five times a day, you should go totally insane with joy.” If we could do so, how much would we make people happy?
Regardless of any circumstance , even in the terminal stage of cancer, if we practice such love towards God and someone else, life must become so beautiful like the story of “Denali” no matter how it ends up.
It’s not too late yet. I can change my life to be beautiful—I was inspired.