Be thou comforted, little dog, Thou too in Resurrection shall have a little golden tail. Martin Luther

Meditation: The days after Easter I always live with a heightened wonderment about the resurrection. I was tickled when I saw this quote by Martin Luther. I wondered if he had a dog like our dog. We got Zoe four years ago. She was a rescue dog, first lovingly raised by an older lady, but then given to a family whose male adult was abusive towards family members and towards Zoe. She still does not like males, as her trauma gets triggered every time she sees them. She weighs 5 pounds and is a Yorkie/Poodle mix. When she was born, somebody cut off her tail, probably thinking that as she was a half poodle, this needed to be done. So, we got her at 1.5 years old with her little stump for a tail. Isn’t it funny, now after knowing her for several years, I am so used to her that I am always surprised when I see dogs who have a tail. For her to get a “golden tail” one day, following Luther’s theology, would be a nice thought. However, more so I pray that she will stop barking at males and feel safe again. I believe God will restore us after death, yet not change the essence of who we are. So, I can see Zoe happy in Resurrection also without a tail, but freed from her trauma. And if she remains without a tail, I will also have an easier time finding her (smile)…

Prayer: God of eternity, we are grateful that You care deeply about life. All life, all of creation, including the animals. Resurrection is the promise that You will restore creation and that death will not have the final word. Death is a transition. And life after death holds the promise of healing and restoration. Thank You for keeping the essence of who we are in Your eternal love and care. Even if our bodies might not fully get restored, our soul and essential traits will. And we are grateful! Amen

Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Luke 12:6

ZoeZoe – in her favorite blanket




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