By Eldon Toews
Living Way Fellowship
The veterinary’s words were sobering and disheartening. “See how deep these lacerations go into this forearm muscle? The major arteries have been severed, and in just a matter of time, gangrene will set in because this leg no longer has the circulation needed to sustain life in this flesh,” he said as he pointed to the wound on the horse’s front leg. “At this point, your choices are putting her to sleep or letting her die a slow, painful death.”
My friend was sick about the choice and knew he could do neither. Later that afternoon, he asked me, “Do you put horses to sleep?”
“Yes, I guess I’ve done that when it needs to be done. Why do you ask?”
“I’ve got this injured mare ... the vet says it’s my only choice at this point, but I dont’ have the heart for it. Could you do it for me?”
“Bring the horse here this afternoon, and I’ll do it,” I replied.
Some things in life are too hard to do by ourselves. We need help with them. An example is facing losses of health or loved ones. Fortunately, we are not alone; if we reach out to others, we can have hope for the future.
“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Galations 6:2)
NOTE: Eldon Toews is the pastor of Living Way Fellowship in Miles City. Some of his devotions have been compiled in “Great Value: Life Lessons from a Montana Cowboy
Published November 13, 2013