My family increased by one this last week. We have added another dog. This dog has a special purpose as we will be training it to be a psychiatric service dog for Jamie to assist her in coping with anxiety and depression. I will tell you more about this dog in a yet to be written article at some point in the future.
This article is about Shadow, Rachel’s dog. For the past few days, Jamie has been trying to bond with Ruth (her new dog). But every time Jamie calls Ruth or pets Ruth or tries to do anything with Ruth, Shadow has to get involved...he was not real happy about having a “little sister.” He seems to have forgotten that there was a time when he was the new dog in the house and Princeton (that’s Monica’s dog) had a new “little, big brother.”
Since Rachel left for Harding, Jamie has been “taking care of” Shadow. Well, now Jamie has a new dog. While Shadow’s kennel was in Jamie’s room, now it is back in Rachel’s empty room (“empty” in that Rachel is not there).
And with some other changes, Shadow maybe has started to feel neglected. So I’ve been spending more time with him and I think he is adjusting to having another dog in the house.
Being the “new kid on the block” is not much fun. It can be quite intimidating to be in a room full of strangers (or even people that you kind of know, but not really).
How welcoming are you towards those who visit our assemblies? How welcoming are you towards those who are new members of our congregation?
We really need to make a concentrated effort to remember what it was like when we were new here. We need to make a concentrated effort to welcome new folks.
So when you see someone new or that you don’t know too well, break away from your same group of friends and talk to the new people. Get to know them. Invite them into your home. Share a meal with them. Introduce them to your friends. Encourage them to get involved.
If we are not welcoming to them, someone else will be. And, you never know, it could just be that God has a very special purpose for them in the Eastgate church of Christ family.