Cleaning the Koi Pond
Winter was over, chased away by sunlight and warm breezes. It was time to clean the Koi pond. When we removed the net, that was supposed to keep out crisp fall leaves and didn't, we found our white koi floating in the water lilies. We cherished this fish; he was beautiful and graceful. When he first arrived in our pond he was bright orange with one white spot, but he turned yellow the next spring. In late summer, our yellow koi turned solid white. His colorful transformations were much like children growing up, always changing. We gently removed him from the pond and put him to rest.
We were reminded of the year that the pond was new and all our fish had died. Losing something or someone you love can seem like the end of the world, but, in the face of death, we are comforted by these words of Jesus Christ: John 5:24 (NIV) “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged, but has crossed over from death to life."
Of course, we were upset by the loss of our fish, but the sadness sprang from a deeper source. We clung to each other avoiding the unbearable pain of admitting that our beautiful, fifteen year old, granddaughter had gone to a live with Jesus.
Prayer: Lord, I bow humbly before you, thanking you for the simple diversion of a koi pond, when our hearts were too raw to accept the loss of our sweet granddaughter. We praise you for your kindness and mercy. Help us to bestow the same kindness and mercy on others. In the name of your Son and our Savior, we pray, amen.
Isaiah 25:8 (NKJV): He will swallow up death forever, Andthe Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth;For the Lord has spoken.
John 6: 40
John 11: 25-26
Romans 6: 23
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