Betsy Kelleher’s world shattered after November 17, 2008.
“Hi Mom, it’s your son Bob. ” She smiled at the way he always began his calls. But her smile quickly faded; Bob was in the hospital. He’d just learned he had multiple myeloma cancer of the bone marrow and there was no cure.
For four years, Kelleher found hope in her faith that God could work a miracle. But her prayers didn’t bring healing and her mother’s heart was broken. Three months after Bob’s death, she was further devastated by the sudden loss of a precious Boston terrier who had given her special comfort.
A Pilgrimage of Hope with a Boston Terrier
Join this grieving mother as she and a newly acquired Boston named Ribbons discover a pathway into a nearby wetlands conservation project. While exploring the developing secluded field, Kelleher finds comfort in a field of yellow flowers and hope in the morning sunrise.
While struggling to accept God’s will in the loss of her son, walking the dog became a spiritual pilgrimage. Within that peaceful secluded field just beyond the visible edge of her mobile home community, she finds God’s intimate, healing presence.
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A message from Betsy
When someone asks me what this memoir is about, I tell them it’s a story of losing a son and the hope of seeing him again in Heaven based on God’s words of assurance.
It’s about two Boston terriers, one that made me smile when I didn’t feel like smiling, and one that led me to the secluded field that became my healing place. Just beyond the visible edge of our mobile home park was a piece of reclaimed cropland now part of the Arlington Wetlands conservation area.
I believe God led me on a pilgrimage in the Wetlands field, giving me a time and a place to deal with my sadness within the peaceful influence of His beautiful creation of nature. It was a pilgrimage of acceptance of death and loss as God showed me His Sovereign power in the movement of clouds, and His fatherly care as He helped me find a new perspective on His will.
As I walked my dog in that field, God helped me see the living hope of an eternal world of love and light and goodness that will exist beyond the visible edge of this life.
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