I started my recent Sunday worship off with tears. That just happens sometimes when I am moved and touched by something and this past Sunday was one of those times.
Our church has a Special Friends class and these folks never cease to inspire me. They show up at worship, sing loudly, take communion and take care of one another. Chris and I are always reminded of Carlton when we see one particular man with Down syndrome and the anniversary of his death last week was weighing on me.
When our pastor walked in, she was accompanied by one of the Special Friends and indicated that she would like to say a prayer. You see, Kathleen’s beloved dog, Wally Lee, had passed away and Kathleen really wanted to say a prayer for him. It didn’t take long and my eyes were leaking.
Kathleen showed great courage to stand in front of the entire church and offer a sincere and heartfelt prayer on behalf of Wally Lee. She stayed close to our pastor through the entire service and it was obvious that she was in the depths of grief. I have no doubt that Wally Lee was her best friend.
What an example she was for me on this day. I know that it is not always easy for people with intellectual disabilities to express themselves and she did such a wonderful job. It reminded me, once again, that we are all special in God’s sight and that every human is worthy of love. This was one simple prayer that will stay with me for a very long time.
Rest In Peace, Wally Lee. You were well loved.
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Love wells up inside of me- for Kathleen, Wally Lee, your Pastor, church and You! God Bless!
Among us, there are such special people, who touch the hearts of many.
Excellent blog post. All of us are truly important in God’s sight.
Those simple prayers are the best. Bless Kathleen’s heart; I’m so saddened about the death of her beloved furry friend.
Thank you on her behalf. Losing a pet is so difficult!
Thanks for sharing this profound experience, this moment of loss and love and strength. I understand why you were brought to tears. I know how much you loved and miss Carlton.
I can almost hear Kathleen’s sweet hearted felt prayer for her precious dog.
What a blessed experience for your church to share. God bless Kathleen.
Bless her. I would have been in tears as well.
I hope Kathleen can feel the love coming from her community and her church and now your readers. Wally Lee was a good dog, it’s clear. RIP Wally Lee.