Monday, October 3, 2011

With a Little Faith

The Director of the Department for Spiritual Care and Wholeness (Pastoral Services) at the hospital where my husband Robert and I both work sent a very heartwarming story to Robert today.  He said that it was a good metaphor for the work we do daily to bring hope and possibility to the patients we serve.  To Robert and I, though, the story had even deeper meaning ...


This dog was born on Christmas Eve in the year 2002. He was born with 2 legs.

He of course could not walk when he was born. Even his mother did not want him.

His first owner also did not think that he could survive and he was thinking of 'putting him to sleep'.
But then, his present owner, Jude Stringfellow, met him and wanted to take care of him.
She became determined to teach and train this little dog to walk by himself.

She named him 'Faith'.

In the beginning, she put Faith on a surfboard to let him feel the movement.
Later she used peanut butter on a spoon as a lure and reward for him for standing up and jumping around.

Even the other dog at home encouraged him to walk..

Amazingly, only after 6 months, like a miracle, Faith learned to balance on his hind legs and to jump to move forward.
After further training in the snow, he could now walk like a human being.

Faith loves to walk around now.
No matter where he goes, he attracts people to him.
He is fast becoming famous on the international scene and has appeared on various newspapers and TV shows.
There is now a book entitled 'With a Little Faith' being published about him.
He was even considered to appear in one of Harry Potter movies.

His present owner Jude Stringfellew has given up her teaching post and plans to take him around the world to preach that

Even without a perfect body, one can have a perfect soul.

In life there are always undesirable things, so in order to feel better you just need to look at life from another direction.

I hope this message will bring fresh new ways of thinking to everyone and that everyone will appreciate and be thankful for each beautiful day.

Faith is the continual demonstration of the strength and wonder of life.
Just remarkable, isn't it?!?!  How strange that we can find connections to our own human condition all around us ... even in four-, uh hum ... I mean two-legged animals! 
Our little Jack has given me so much Faith during the 16 months he's been in our world.  The kind of Faith that I never knew existed.  The kind of Faith that you only get from looking at life from another direction.  The kind of Faith that only comes from ...
a perfect soul.

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