2017-03-08 - Family Therapy
Our daughter came into town this weekend for a visit. She is a first year special education teacher, and the challenges are constant in this as well as all teaching situations. In order to keep a good perspective, sometimes stepping back with a personal day lets you see things with fresh eyes. Simultaneously we have had a year-old German short-haired pointer / Labrador retriever join our family as of a week ago, so our older child and our newest family member have had some time to bond this weekend. I was feeling relief to have another pair of hands helping out with the pup due to a challenging week of my own and then I saw something so beautiful, twice. There was the spark of a deep connection of joy between our daughter, Kate, and our adopted SPCA girl, Melody. There were laughter, tail wagging, snuggles, dozing off, tossing/retrieving of tennis balls, walks, face tickles, and selfies with the phone. I instantly knew that the point of our daughter coming home was more about the therapy she and Melody needed. Kate needed to regroup after a rough couple weeks, and Melody needed some strong reassurance that she was “home” after spending about 5-6 weeks in a couple different kennel spaces with strangers.
I am fairly sure that after the past few days, they both have gotten what they needed at this juncture of their journeys. And I got to be blessed by seeing that happening, and my husband and I along with our daughter pulling together to do what we’ve been doing since she was born - loving each other. This was some family therapy, courtesy of our Father, with the perfect timing. My tears of joy have shown me how in a matter of seconds, we can go from feeling empty and worn out to overflowing with blessing. Thank you, Father, for always taking care of all your family’s needs.
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” (Psalm 23:1-6)
All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted