A beautiful sunset is one of the wonders of nature which is so representative to me of the love and grace of God which we mortal and sinful humans are provided although we are so unworthy. And, of course, a sunset is beautiful from wherever you see it, but the sea and coastal waters are just so special to me due to their ability to put forth an appearance of the peace of the Lord as well as His power as well. Calm seas and angry ones present two different pictures, but both are beautiful in different ways. And in this picture, taken in Rodanthe, North Carolina overlooking the vast Pamlico Sound under a soon-to-be setting sun, what could be better than to feature a beautiful dog named Grace. Beauty and grace are wonderful treasures we are provided routinely by God through nature in so many ways.
When I look at an evening sunset, I see life going from the busy daytime hours of light to the quiet of darkness as the pace of life slows to allow for some much needed rest. But since both the morning light and the rising evening darkness involve the same huge golden orb that our earth continually circles, night comes with the promise that when needed rest is done, the glorious sun will then return to light the way of the world each future day. That's a comfort to all, for the light also represents the Light of Life which gives us the hope of a future with no pain or suffering, where things will be so grand that we can't even imagine, and it can all be ours forever if only we believe.
Now let's also turn our focus for just a moment to Grace the dog. Grace is representative of one of God's great animals, one that has emerged from long periods of time in the wild to be a precious addition to the families of all of us who love them. They don't ask for much, just a pat on the head and a few kind words and food and water. But in return, they provide joy, love and companionship which results in their gaining a place in our heart as a loved member of the family. And I know that dear Grace finds herself in just such a relationship with her master and all of his family. So, because of this lasting relationship,the question has arisen about the what-if of the bond between dogs and masters when life on this earth is done. Some have opined that when life ends on earth, so does the relationship with our dog, but I have always had a problem with that. And finally, I found in the writings of a devoutly religious leader of faith an answer to soothe my heart and soul. It came from none other than Billy Graham, the renowned defender of the faith when he was asked the same question and his answer was amazing.
Dr. Graham said that there was no reason not to believe that a dog like Grace, or Gracie as she is called, couldn't inherit the Kingdom as part of her master's new life, for since they get close to us and really sometimes understand us even better than we do, they truly become a part of our soul. And that, folks, is a wonderful thought coming from a man who also dearly loved dogs. And that is where I will leave it. But I also want to thank Jim Feaster for allowing me to use his wonderful dog to help in presenting my commentary this day and to all who read it, I thank you as well. God blesses us all, folks, and when we respond to His love there is no limit to what he can do for and with us. Be blessed this day.