In loving memory of Riker who was loved so much. Riker will be greatly missed and in the hearts of many forever.
Heavenly Father, Creator of all things, thank you for having entrusted us with a loyal pet. Thank you for letting him teach us unselfish love. Thank you for the memories that we can recall to brighten our days for the rest of our lives. Finally, in gratitude, we return our pet to you. Amen.
A Dog for Jesus
(Where dogs go when they die)
I wish someone had given Jesus a dog.
As loyal and loving as mine.
To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
And adore Him for being divine.
As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog,
Would have followed Him all through the day.
While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well
And knelt in the garden to pray.
It is sad to remember that Christ went away.
To face death alone and apart.
With no tender dog following close behind,
To comfort its Master's Heart.
And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn,
How happy He would have been,
As His dog kissed His hand and barked it's delight,
For The One who died for all men.
Well, the Lord has a dog now, I just sent Him mine,
The old pal so dear to me.
And I smile through my tears on this first day alone,
Knowing they're in eternity.
Day after day, the whole day through,
Wherever my road inclined,
Four feet said, "Wait, I'm coming with you!"
And trotted along behind.
It is so hard to believe that Riker is gone...
I think I hear the door to the garage open - he always pushed it to come back inside
I glance into the family room expecting to see him sitting in his special chair looking out the window
I can hear him running down the hall as I put my shoes on knowing that it is "walk" time
Or leaping onto the bed and curling up in MY SPACE and looking at me with that "WHAT?" look...then getting up and making space for me
I expect him to run and grab my coat or sleeve as he senses that I am leaving, beggin to come laong for the ride in the car
He is still sitting beside in the car, my co-pilot...or sticking his head out the window with his gums flapping and ears flying....
So painful...he is still so present and yet...so not here
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