Twenty-seventeen brought our family many blessings and a few surprises. And sometimes I even surprised myself.
We spent most of 2017 dogsitting for my son who was deployed overseas. Boomer had visited us before and crawled into our hearts. Ten months of 24/7 dog supervision turned me into a dog person.
My kids all recognized the signs. A couple of them even suggested that we get our own dog. One of them became pro-active. He showed up at my door one day and said he wanted to show me a picture of our Christmas present.
He pulled a picture up on his phone.
I was hooked. But someone else moved more quickly and claimed that pup. So my son found another–and I became just as quickly hooked on this one.
My husband is the true dog person–a dog whisperer. Remember, kids and dogs can always sense the true nature of a person. If dogs don’t like someone, take it as a sign. All dogs love Paul.
And this dog seems to love everyone.
So getting a dog was something we did this year, and it was not something I would have suspected I would do a year ago.
I surprised myself another way this year–much to my daughter’s delight. She is a tattoo aficionado. I have never been a fan.
Then I saw a photo that haunted me.
These children are Egyptian Coptic Christians. Their tattoos are a mark of their faith, not a fashion statement. They are my brothers and sisters in Christ who live with the threat of persecution daily. And their faith is tested even while they are so young.
I wanted to identify myself with their suffering. My “conviction” against tattoos vaporized in an instant. My daughter and I went together and both now carry the same sign of our faith.
“Never say never,” a wise aunt once told me.
Stick to moral imperatives, but leave room for dogs and tattoos.
You never know what you might do this next year. You may even surprise yourself.
God’s richest blessings to you and yours in 2018.
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