A Dog, A Blog, And A Good Samaritan

Good morning! 

Yesterday I took my dog to the vet bright and early at 7:30 for his surgery. He was to have a tumor removed from his chest.

We arrived as planned.  He weighed in at 83.7 pounds and was taken to his kennel to await his turn on the day’s surgery schedule.  I stayed up front to fill out the necessary paperwork.  A DNR for my dog. Really? Why not! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s the holiday season! But compressions only, I penciled in.  

At 2:00 I received a call from the doctor. She could not find the tumor. The other doctor had originally seen him and left notes in Dakotah’s chart. 

She explained to me all she could find was a scab where he had evidently scratched it until it bled. There was no sign of the mass underneath as before. She said she could anestethesize him and cut out the area to be on the safe side, but since there was no longer anything to remove, she instead chose to shave it, remove the protective crust that was covering it, clean it properly, and opted to send him home with a topical antibiotic ointment to apply three times a day for a week to see if it healed or grew back.  Perhaps whatever it was, it had drained whenever he had scratched it open. It was baffling. 

I was ecstatic! My dog, this wo-man’s best friend, was going to go home surgery free! And evidently tumor free! For now any way. ๐Ÿ™‚ Who doesn’t believe in the power of prayer?!

As I arrived to pick him up the receptionist informed me that there was no charge. My bill had been paid in full. In fact I had a $200.00 credit! ๐Ÿ™‚ “What did you say?” was all I could manage to utter. That was not at all what I was expecting to hear!  I was told a good samaritan had paid for my bill. In full. I was dumbfounded. I was speechless. I was touched to the point of tears. Happy tears. ๐Ÿ™‚ 

A day that began expecting the worst turned into a day of receiving the best. Isn’t that just how God works? When you least expect it. Or deserve it. No tumor. No cancer. No charges. My Christmas was definitely going to be merry and bright. :).  

Their only request was to remain anonymous. I have a sneaky suspicion of who that good samaritan may be. My friends at Jacox Animal Clinic may be sworn to secrecy, but I know a good samaritan when I see one. Thank you on behalf of Dakotah and myself from the bottom of our hearts. โ™ก

Do you know what else has been paid in full? Jesus has marked paid in full across the account of each of us that believe in Him. Not with the almighty dollar like my good samaritan, but with His life. The ultimate exchange. 

Yesterday morning I walked in expecting to owe a substantial bill. I walked out with a gift from a good samaritan.  My debt paid. For that I am thankful.  For that (and the good news that my dog’s tumor is gone) I will celebrate. 

Sunday morning we all get to celebrate. Celebrate the birth of the one that paid our debt. Let’s all be good samaritans. Let’s all show mercy to others.

Thank you my good samaritan. โ™ก Thank you Jesus. For paying for my debts. To one, I am economically grateful. To the other I am eternally grateful. Thank you both for making my Christmas holidays shine brighter!

The Good Samaritan.                                 30 Jesus replied and said, โ€œA man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among robbers, and they stripped him and beat him, and went away leaving him half dead. 31 And by chance a priest was going down on that road, and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 32 Likewise a Levite also, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, who was on a journey, came upon him; and when he saw him, he felt compassion, 34 and came to him and bandaged up his wounds, pouring oil and wine on them; and he put him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 On the next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper and said, โ€˜Take care of him; and whatever more you spend, when I return I will repay you.โ€™ 36 Which of these three do you think proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell into the robbersโ€™ hands?โ€37 And he said, โ€œThe one who showed mercy toward him.โ€ Then Jesus said to him, โ€œGo and do the same.โ€                                                   Luke 10:30-37

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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