The Rainbow Bridge

Bob

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This is the Rainbow Bridge Avian Angel post Tasch came across the author is apparently unknown, 

Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned cold and grey, damp as a swamp and as dismal as could be imagined. All of the recent arrivals had no idea what to think, as they had never experienced a day like this before. But the animals who had been waiting for their beloved people knew exactly what was going on and started to gather at the pathway leading to The Bridge to watch.

It wasn't long before a dull coloured bird with missing feathers and sad eyes came into view, head hung low. The other animals, the ones who had been there for a while, knew what his story was right away, for they had seen this happen far too often.

He approached slowly, obviously in great emotional pain, but with no sign of injury or illness. Unlike all of the other animals waiting at The Bridge, this bird had not been restored to youth and made healthy and vigorous again. As he walked toward The Bridge, he watched all of the other animals watching him. He knew he was out of place here and the sooner he could cross over, the happier he would be.

But, alas, as he approached The Bridge, his way was barred by the appearance of an Angel who apologized, but told him that he would not be able to pass. Only those who were loved by their families could pass over Rainbow Bridge.

With no place else to turn to, the elderly bird turned towards the fields before the Bridge and saw a group of other animals like himself, also elderly, some infirm. They weren't playing, but rather simply lying on the green grass, forlornly staring out at the pathway leading to The Bridge. And so, he took his place among them, watching the pathway and waiting.

One of the newest arrivals at The Bridge didn't understand what he had just witnessed and asked one of the animals that had been there for a while to explain it to him.

"You see, that poor bird never had a family to love and treasure him he was abused and died alone with no love shown. He was turned in to what you see now. He never had a life of love like us when he left his earthly existence. Because he had no family to give his love to, he has no one to escort him across The Bridge."

The first animal thought about this for a minute and then asked, "So what will happen now?"

As he was about to receive his answer, the clouds suddenly parted and the gloom lifted. Approaching The Bridge could be seen a single person and among the older animals, a whole group was suddenly bathed in a golden light and they were all young and healthy again, just as they were in the prime of life.

"Watch, and see" said the second animal. A second group of animals from those waiting came to the pathway and bowed low as the person neared. At each bowed head, the person offered a pat on the head or a tickle too, a smile or a nod of the head. The group changed before their eyes becoming young and fit and healthy again each newly restored animal fell into line and followed him towards The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.

"What happened?"

"That was an Avian Angel and when they arrive, they are allowed to perform one, final act of true love. They are allowed to escort those poor animals that had nobody on earth to love them across The Rainbow Bridge."

"I think I like Avian Angels" said the first animal.

 

"So does GOD," was the reply.
 

Kasuku

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Aw, this is lovely but sad, it made me cry.  Rainbow Bridge always evokes memories.

Sue
 
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Stinkie

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This one gets me every time :(

"I'll lend you, for a little while, a bird of mine," He said.
"For you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead.
It may be six or seven years, or maybe twenty-three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief,
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay, as all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this bird to learn.
I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.
Now will you give him all your love - not think this labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again.
I fancied that I heard them say, 'Dear Lord, thy will be done.'
For all the joy this bird shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shower him with tenderness and love while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, forever grateful stay.
And should the angels call for him much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand."
If, by your love, you've managed, my wishes to achieve,
In memory of him you've loved; be thankful; do not grieve.
Cherish every moment of your feathered charge.
He filled your home with songs of joy the time he was alive.
Let not his passing take from you those memories to enjoy.
"I will lend to you, a Bird", God said, and teach you all you have to do.
And when I call him back to heaven, you will know he loved you too.
~Author unknown​
 

Shirley

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Bob , DizzyBlue I'm crying at the poem but it's the most beautiful along with Stinkie's I have heard .They certainly touch the heart x
 
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