(156) Discover Something Wonderful in 2016

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A Blog about a Service Dog and her Veteran with PTSD

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Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing. Now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:18-19

Celebrating yet another year, I want to go forward but often get caught in the past. Memories of past wrongs, an ill-spoken word, or a fractured relationship haunt me, sending me into a frenzy of turmoil. The new year represents putting those things away—out of mind.

Many people I know suffered losses in 2015 deep enough to shake their foundation of life. Even as a society, we witnessed hurricanes, floods, fires, and mass murders. For many, life became forever changed with circumstances too brutal, too harsh to just get over.

The song, which begins, “Should old acquaintance be forgot,” should be our battle cry, as we head into a new year. The new year is much like spring. It is a time of new beginnings, unbridled possibilities, and the ultimate time of the ‘do-over.’

When I am tempted to wander into the past, I remember Isaiah 43:18-19. Even our Creator desires us to put the old self and the past behind us. He cleanses us from our sins and washes us clean to start a new slate through His Son, Jesus Christ.

While we may never let go of or forget what we lost, there is comfort for us. Life brings us a new day and fresh hope.

God can make rivers in the desert. Can He not also give us a new beginning?

Molly Begins Anew

Molly spent the past two weeks at doggie camp while William and I traveled across country to visit family for Christmas. Although she did fine on her first stay a couple of months ago, she appeared traumatized when William picked her up this time.

“She walked right past me. She visited with everyone in the lobby except me!” William arrived home heartbroken, tugging a reluctant Molly on her leash.

Molly giving William loveJust a couple of hours after returning home, Molly rushed to William’s side. She offered him her usual sliming and kisses. Clearly, she forgot all about being left behind at doggie camp.

I suppose there are advantages to having a small brain and a big heart. Every day, every hour her slate is clean and she begins anew with a love that only a 120-pound Saint Bernard can offer.

Molly, William, and I wish you a Happy New Year filled with good memories, new hope, and lots of blessings.

Just a reminder that Miss Molly now blogs on Fridays only.

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Photo credits: pculbrethgraft

About the blogger

Dr. Penelope “Penny” Culbreth-Graft is a retired city manager and graduate professor. She lives with her disabled Vietnam Veteran husband, William, and his service dog, Molly, on Cheyenne Mountain in Colorado. She writes, paints, cares for her husband, and spends time with her granddaughter.

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