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Hope riseth in the morning

Even though there are many parallels between the story of the crate and the story of Easter, I’m very cautious about drawing any direct comparisons; what happened on that morning centuries ago changed the world, I’m just hoping to influence a small part of it.

When dad was growing up, looong hours on the pews gave ample opportunity to find humor in the Bible; you can only spend so much time looking at the pictures in the middle or the naps in the back. One particular instance was the story of Lazarus, when it was said that he had been dead four days and “he stinketh”.  “Stinketh”? I can imagine that the scribes had to giggle like little schoolgirls when translating that from the original Hebrew; I know dad still does.

Well, that word surely described me, as I was in the crate much longer than four days. Poor Zach, his truck smelled like the devil’s armpit for weeks after giving me a ride home; I’m sure a tomb would have smelled like a Febreze factory in comparison. Nevertheless, a new life awaited and there is no vestige remaining of the crippled, starving dog I was then.


Ever feel that way yourself? It can be a harsh awakening to discover we’re so far gone that we stinketh, but whether you chew your way out of your crate as I attempted, or someone releases you from it, be assured that a new life awaits; I have to think that when Jesus resurrected Lazarus, he also took care of the whole aroma issue at the same time.

It can be the same for you; there is no reason that any of us have to bear the stink of our previous crates; hope riseth in the morning, but I prefer to sleep in…

Happy Easter!



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  1. Marg Woodworth

    A beautiful and meaning story for this day. Thank you Charlie and thanks to dad for telling you about it.

  2. Connie Allard

    Thank you for your beautiful and blessed story May you and your family have a blessed and joyous Easter.

  3. Sandy Runyon Lough

    You two are so obviously one of God’s master and divine plans. You just made me both giggle and weep a bit. My lifelong bff and I used to giggle at the “stinketh ” reference in scripture, too, as kids. But the parallels drawn here today are such magnificent examples of the amazing ways we are used, when we pay attention to the opportunities for goodness and love we are given along this journey of life. 10,000 thanks for making us a part of yours. Happy Easter to you and all you hold dear.

  4. Jan Davis

    Happy Easter Charlie and the rest of the Casa family

  5. Bonnie Buerkle-Belcher

    Charlie you give everyone hope including animals of all kinds.

  6. Yvonne Adams

    Happy Easter to you all.

  7. Verna S. Clancy

    Eyes that say “what have I done to deserve this crate?”.

  8. Maureen Lies DeSimone

    Happy Easter to all of you at the Casa!

  9. Deb Silva

    Blessings to you and all at the Casa. Happy Easter Charlie.

  10. Deb Reed

    Happy Easter my friend

  11. Sharon Loska

    You are part of God’s plan. That’s a given. Bless you all and Happy Easter!

  12. Catseye

    Great post and great picture of CB and Katanna.

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