Less than a week after Adi left her parents and littermates to join our family, her father was tragically killed in a hit and run accident. Max was a cherished member of his family. The morning I learned about his passing, I slipped outside with Adi and let her romp through the yard while tears streamed down my face. My heart was broken for his owner. More than anything I wanted to send a message of condolences that said more than “I’m sorry.” When no words came, I did the only thing I knew to do- pray. “Lord, please unlock the words,” I whispered. And, He did. He gave me the very words I wanted to say. Words that honored an unforgettable black Labrador father through his 8-week-old daughter.
A few weeks later, I remember watching Adi scamper into the kitchen and up to my husband who was busy making his breakfast. She got his attention and received a good pet. Rather than returning to me like usual, she kept falling over at his feet begging for more of his attention. It was the first time the Lord whispered a lesson from a lab to my heart. Although I embraced the words, I never wrote them down. A few weeks later another lesson came only this time the words clamored around in my head until I wrote them out on paper. I’m not a writer, so after a couple more lessons took shape on paper I asked the Lord where this was coming from. Immediately, He recalled to my mind that prayer, “Please unlock the words.” In time the Lord began prompting me to share the lessons with family and friends. Now the time has come to share them with you.