(171) Even a Bird: Ultimate Hope for Veterans and Their Families

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Golly, Miss Molly

A Blog about a Service Dog and her Veteran with PTSD

(Supporting the Veteran and the Family Caregiver)

Spring Cleaning

My broom whisked into corners of the garage, kicking up dust and last year’s insects. With a broad sweep, the beak of a hummingbird peered out of the collected rubble. Apparently, this tiny creature flew into the garage, losing it way back to freedom. My heart broke twice during my spring cleaning, as I found a second bird beneath a garage vac. The thought of losing even one of these precious creatures leaves me weepy.

hummingbird in flightI am not alone in my love for hummingbirds. My Veteran scoops the sweet creatures into his hands when they fly into our home. He speaks gently to calm them and releases them outside.

If we love hummingbirds and weep when they are lost, imagine how much more the Creator of all life feels about us, His creation in His image. Whether one believes in His existence or accepts His gift of eternal life, He still cares for us. He offers hope.

“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds?” Luke 12:24

Embattled Families

Returning home from battle, the warrior carries the burdens and grief of the battlefield. Reintegration into family life presses the warrior with hopelessness. Despair erupts, swallowing the family. Soon, family members feel lost or trapped.

There is nothing too great for our Father to handle. He asks us to give Him our burdens. What a great comfort to heap our problems on the God of the universe. When inviting Him into our life, He does not promise our life will be easy but He does promise He will walk with us through our problems—and we will get through them. With Him, PTSD, TBI, or other losses from war become manageable and we become victorious just as our warriors were victorious in battle.

When despair threatens you or your family, envision yourself as the hummingbird cupped in caring hands. Open your heart and invite Jesus in today. He will help you find your way to freedom from despair and hopelessness.

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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 grandchildren.