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Pastor’s Pen: living the experience of a rescue


We recently rescued a bruised and scarred 1.5 year old female dog from Pound Buddies Animal Shelter and Adoption Center in Muskegon. They do a wonderful job with abused and abandoned animals. We renamed it Chella!

She was very shy at first with her tail tucked in, her eyes showed fear to be around us, her body shook even as we showed her love and a safe haven. Even refusing to eat or drink, we were encouraged when she started accepting dog treats.

We continued to show love, to hold each other, to caress each other and to talk in a soft and affectionate tone. She even allowed him to sleep on our bed, taking every opportunity to express a new life of security filled with love.

After three days of encouragement, she accepted our love for her, the tail is now up and wagging, even learning new commands. Still a little shy, her eyes have lit up now thanks to this new life.

After three days in the earth, our Lord Jesus rose from the dead! He offers us the same rescue we have for our newest family member, Chella. Some of us may feel abandoned, abused, or scarred by past experiences, feeling lost and perhaps forgotten.

By accepting Jesus and the love he has for us, by not remaining in the curses of the past, we will begin to feel the freedom to be part of the family of God. Find love and peace comforted by the Word of God found in the Book of 2 Corinthians 5:17-19.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who reconciled us to himself through Jesus Christ, and gave us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself, not imputing not their trespasses…”

Just as we opened the door to our home for Chella, welcoming her, showing her the love she had never received before, and leaving her free to enjoy the rest of her life.

Matthew 6:33-34; Jesus tells us:

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. So don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will take care of its own business. Sufficient for the day is its own problem.

‘Live Rescue.’ Now feel the love, we sat free, praising God! Past life weights have been removed.

– Ron Witbeck is associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.