Have you ever noticed that more people get depressed around the holidays and the suicide hotlines are buzzing?

I’ve had a chance to think about it more this holiday season because, well let’s face it folks, when you are 60 years old you have a lot more to look back at and regret.

In particular this quarter has been abysmal for our business and one thing after another seems to go wrong.  At least, I reason, there are no grand kids to dissappoint.

Now the reason I said that was not for your pity, it was the setup for the fact that we are dog lovers. We have 7 dogs. My wife’s chihuahua is the eldest and it appears that she has terminal cancer.  So, knowing how attached my wife is to her Sugar, my adult children and I located a 3/4 Shih Tzu, 1/4 Chihuahua puppy available on Facebook. We rounded up the money and went to meet them and immediately fell in love with Muffin.

Long story short, Muffin started having problems (systematic, not behavioral). We made an appointment to get her to the vet and went to sleep praying she would be okay.  I found her dead in the corner this morning.  The vet is understanding, the guy who sold it to us is apologetic, but my wife and my daughter are distraugh.

I talked to my wife’s best friend and the first thing she said was, don’t forget to lean on Jesus.

So having said all that I turned to God and asked for peace and strength to get us through all of this.

Ephesians 3:20-21 (ESV) Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

1 Kings 3:13-14 (ESV) I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.”

https://edition.cnn.com/2018/03/05/health/national-suicide-hotline

https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ tel:1-800-273-8255

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