Fourteen years ago, Gracie, our Golden Retriever, came to us as a tiny puppy. She was named Gracie Star of Venice, but we only called her “Gracie”. As her health declined in the last few years, we knew that someday we would have to let her go. Today is that day. Only those who have been loved by a pet unconditionally know our sense of loss.
This blog is to honor our gentle, sweet Gracie as she lived life to its fullest, loving everyone that she met. So many blessings to all of our family, neighbors and friends.
Prayer for Gracie Star of Venice
This we know, Our Father in Heaven, that every living thing is Yours and returns to You. As we ponder this mystery, we give you thanks for the life of Gracie and we now commit her into Your loving hands.
Gentle God: fragile is Your world, delicate are your creatures and costly is your love which bears and redeems us all.
Holy Creator, give us eyes to see and ears to hear how every living thing speaks to us of Your love. Let us be awestruck at your creation and daily sing Your praises. Especially, create within us a spirit of gratitude for the life of this beloved pet, Gracie, who has lived among us and given us freely of her love. Even in our sorrow, we have cause for joy for we know that all creatures that die on earth shall live again in your new creation. You have promised that in this new creation the lion will lay down with the lamb. We believe that sweet, gentle Gracie will be there to lay down also. Amen (parts taken from Prayers and Liturgies for Animals)
FRIEND TO ALL
We will miss you, Gracie.