The Rainbow Bridge: Pet Loss Is Heaven's Gain
Excerpt from Chapter 1
To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.
Your beloved animal companion has passed on. However, they are not really dead – they have entered God’s presence. They now reside in Heaven where they will live forever in perfect health, happiness, and peace. Now you must look to the future for your reunion with them, where you will never be separated again. I like the way the hymnist, John Newton, put it in his song Amazing Grace:
“When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, Than when we first begun.”
No less days. There will be no end to our happy life with them.
In this book I want to show you how to overcome the painful experience of losing your precious pet. As you read, you will see that we were all created to be eternal beings. There is a better life ahead for all of us, and God wants to help you in every aspect of your life. God cares about you! Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.” He also said that He doesn’t want us to be troubled or afraid.
Heaven is a very real place! I want to share a couple of quotes from a book called Intra Muros written in 1898 by Rebecca Ruter Springer. Rebecca, a devout Christian, had a vision of Heaven while she lay in bed near death. This is a century-old near-death experience. The following is from a conversation that she had with her brother-in-law in Heaven.
“If only we could realize while we are yet mortals, that day by day we are building for eternity, how different our lives in many ways would be! Every gentle word, every generous thought, every unselfish deed, will become a pillar of eternal beauty in the life to come. We cannot be selfish and unloving in one life, and generous and loving in the next; the two lives are too closely blended – one but a continuation of the other.” Rebecca states in her preface of the book, “I may be able to partly tear the veil from the death we so dread, and show it to be only an open door into a new and beautiful phase of the life we now live.”
Intra Muros, Rebecca Ruter Springer, David C. Cook Publishing Company, 1898
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