“Salvation requires the acceptance of but one thought;-you are as God created you, not what you made of yourself. Whatever evil you may think you did, you are as God created you. Whatever mistakes you made, the truth about you is unchanged. Creation is eternal and unalterable. Your sinlessness is guaranteed by God. You are and will forever be exactly as you were created. Light and joy and peace abide in you because God put them there.”

There are no coincidences in God’s kingdom. As I mentioned the other day, my guide dog, Waylon, needed major dental work because of gum disease. He had nine teeth extracted, two of which would have fallen out soon. Yesterday, as I waited to hear from the vet, I found myself yelling at myself for neglecting my dog, as I saw it. The ego sneered at me and said in effect, “Now Waylon has to suffer because you didn’t brush his teeth until two years ago. You are awful!”

When Waylon was brought to me, he was still a bit woozy from anesthetic, which I expected. What I didn’t expect was that he would be whimpering softly, a thing I had never heard him do. I took him home, carrying both pain medicine and antibiotics, which I must give him for ten days. Once home, he lay down on the floor continuing to whimper, and I began to sob, agreeing fully with the ego that I was guilty of neglect. After giving him a meal of softened kibble and his medicine, I again sat beside him. Slowly, the whimpering grew quieter and stopped. During the night, he occasionally whimpered, but then was able to sleep.

This morning I read the lesson, and it was as if a weight vanished from my heart. Yes, I had made the mistake of thinking chew bones would suffice to clean Waylon’s teeth, but I had merely made a mistake. I called the vet later to let him know Waylon’s condition, which had improved, and was told that his disease was genetic and not due to neglect.

And so, as I said above, there are no coincidences in God’s kingdom.

Blessings,

Mari

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