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Does God Punish The Cruel ?

Updated on August 20, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

Many years ago when we found out that our baby would never walk, my wife and I did many things to try to bring delight in our child's life to make up for the shortcomings, and abilities she would never have, or easily enjoy.

I wanted a real live large horse for our child. I believed that a horse just might help Becky to acquire some sitting down balance if Becky could be put on a saddle of a real horse. A moving horse might help her to learn how to maintain a sitting balance.

One day my mother surprised us. She purchased a horse for only fifty dollars. The horse was delivered to us from a well off person. However the horse , when it walked out of it's trailer, it simply stood up a short while, and then laid down as if it wanted to die.

The horse belonged to a young daughter of the man who abused the animal . For some reason her father would not buy food for two horses owned by his daughter. One of the horses was a white Arabian ,and our horse was a former show horse that had been in parades. I never saw the man that abused the animals.

When I saw the starved horse lying down in our yard, my first thought was to have the girl's father arrested for cruelty to animals, but someone talked me out of doing that , but I always remembered what was done to the animal, and who did it, and I would make sure that authorities would keep a close eye on him , or any animals that he owned.

The girl cried who loved her horse, but I told her that we would take very good care of her horse Gladys .She said she would come to visit her horse now, and then, and she did, and I told her that if she ever wanted her horse back that she could have it, if it would be taken care of properly. However the girl told me that she would not worry because her horse was getting a good home for a little cripple girl.

I called our veterinarian. He gave the horse a shot, and said she was under nourished, and that she would do much better when she starts eating . The horse seemed to like Becky, and we fed her oats, the really good stuff that horses like. We bought bails of hay for her as well. We gave her fresh water daily for more than thirty years. The horse was eight years old when we got her. She lived about thirty eight years. Our vetenarian said that our horse was the oldest horse he had ever seen when we had to put her to sleep.

It took a few weeks, but the horse began to look very beautiful, and every day Joann , and I would take Becky outside to visit her horse so that she could pet her. I bought Becky a pretty red saddle, some brand new cowgirl boots, and a cowgirl hat so that she would enjoy her rides on her horse.

Gladys seemed to like Becky, and seemed to realize that she had to move very slowly for Becky, and for us so that we could hold Becky up on top of her horse, and guide the horse around the yard as well.

Becky loved riding Gladys. It made her forget that she was cripple. Becky was two years old.

For many long years we took good care of Gladys for Becky, and everyone in our town new Becky had her own horse. Gladys lived a very long time. She had her own pasture, and she ate good hay, and good sweet feed , and was loved by many children that would pet her by her fence. Sometimes we would give children apples, or sugar to give to her. When she became too old , and could not stand up, I had my veterinarian put her to sleep, and I covered her with a large white sheet, and then I had her buried in her pasture. It has been a long time since she has been gone, but Joann , and I still hear her calling for feed. It is funny how the mind by habit can hear certain sounds that no longer exist. My father, when he was alive, he would open the gate to her pasture, and let Gladys run free. The horse would make circles around our houses , and then return to her pasture. She loved my father, and all of us I guess, as much as we loved her.

In my life I have bitter feelings against those who are cruel to animals. I try to leave vengeance to the Lord, but that is not always easy to do.

One day my mother told me that there was a plane crash. Mom told me that the man that was cruel to the horses was killed in the crash.

I do not know really , and truly how God deals with cruel individuals, but I wondered if the cruel fellow asked God for forgiveness , or had ever prayed to God for what he did. Was it simply just a coincidental plane crash , or maybe the wrath of God.

I could never allow and animal to starve to death. That would be the cruelest rottenest thing on earth you could do to and animal when food is not that difficult to acquire. What good did all his wealth bring him, maybe and expensive coffin to lay his wretched soul into.

I hope he became a better man before he passed. I hope he became a loving man before he went away. I hope he became a man with a heart before he took his dirt nap, because and eternity of nothingness is the prize earned I am told for cruelty , and attempted murder of and innocent beast.

I really do especially hope that he had changed his ways before he exited, and did some good to make up for the rotten things that he did before he departed .

God , Dear God, Forgive me for the bitterness in my heart that has lingered for so long in my soul as well, because I am not always one hundred percent sure where I belong when I am gone. I hope , and pray dear Lord that when I die that I will see my lovely wife, and daughter happy somehow in a paradise before I too face you dear Lord. I have had a vengeanced heart , a kind of warriors heart toward the evils that peril us on earth. My nature has it's flaws, and I truly do not know if you can forgive me for all I have felt that may not exactly be as it should have been . There is a part of me that lingers like all men that await battles , and swords.

God Bless Everyone


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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      Thank you stars, I think you are a dear heart too and I hope you will tell us more of your career stories too. I am sure you have many, serious and funny.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear carriethomson : Thank you so much for visiting Precious heart. Gladys was such a happy little horse around home. God Bless You.

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      hi stars what a lovely story!! gladys was really blessed to have such a wonderful family to belong to!


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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear marcoujor: Thank you so much for writing Precious heart. I believe you are right. God Bless You for all the good you do for so many people that need wonderful medical care.

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      Maria Jordan 6 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


      I think this is a beautiful story of love for your daughter and her sweet Gladys from her Daddy who would give her the world. I do think God handles the divine retribution; it is our job to trust Him and believe in His will. Voted UP & UABI-- all my best, mar.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Pollyannalana : You have a wonderful heart , Precious heart, and that makes you very special. Your cat Lily is very blessed to have you as her care taker, and the care you give her shows your goodness. But animals always want to do what they want to do no matter what. I guess freedom to any animal is such a precious thing that they forget about their health , and all that accompanies outdoor exposures in the winter, and in the summer. All we can do is love them, and try our best to give them some comfort, and the right food, and water.

      You are a sweet, and wonderful person with sincere hope for our country to improve for the good of people who care about America. You are not afraid to speak your mind on issues that even professional politicians would not touch with a ten foot poll. God Bless you Dear Heart.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Minnetonka Twin : Thank you for writing dear heart. My dad would fill a bucket with sweet feed, and Gladys would follow him everywhere. So much that I have loved has grown old, and gone with God. My mother, my dad, our horses, and mules, dogs, cats, friends, aunts,uncles, cousins, co workers. I guess that is life,but it wears me down. God Bless You Precious heart.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Silva Hayes : You would have liked Gladys. She liked everyone. God Bless You Dear Heart. Thank You For Visiting,

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Will Starr : Thank you for passing threw. Gladys was a sweet horse. Becky loved her horse. It was a difficult decision to let her sleep, but she laid down at thirty eight years old.She was about eight when we got her. She was very old. I did not want her to suffer so I let her rest. It made me feel bad to do that. I was with her till the end. On cold winter nights I would bring her hay , and lay a blanket on her back, but she would pull it off. Someone wanted to give us $500 for her, but we would never sell our horse for even a million. I wanted to bring her in the house , or on the porch in the winter time because barns are jut not warm enough.My mother, and Joann thought that was not a good idea. She never wanted to be shut in. I think on real cold nights she would find warmth between the trees in our large woods. Some of our property is made up of woods, and pines, and oaks. Thank you for writing. God Bless You.

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      stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      Dear Terishere : Thank you dear heart for your kind , and very wise thoughts, and God Bless you.

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      Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

      It is not always easy to take care of animals like my cat Lilly now almost 17 and in this heat I have to go out and check her often and I brush her with slightly cool water 3 or 4 times a day and make sure she is OK. I bring her in sometimes but she just loves outside and won't stay in. I have known people mean to animals and it really makes you wonder why they get them if they aren't going to take care of them or feed them. I sometimes think some people don't possess a soul. Beautiful story and so glad the horse and your family were blessed to have each other so long. It was probably your love that made her live so long as I think it is with Lilly. I love her as much as a person.

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      Linda Rogers 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Dear Stars-This story really tugged at my heartstrings for so many reasons. This poor horse being abused is hard to hear but your family was meant to have Glady's and take her away from the pain and bring Becky joy. What a beautiful story of hope Stars and I hope someday your family will see Glady's in the gates of heaven. God Bless :-)

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      Silva Hayes 6 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

      I am glad that Becky has you and Joann, and I am glad that Gladys had all of you to live with and that she escaped the horrible person who abused her and lived for many more years. I loved your story.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Judgement day will come, and we will all have to answer.

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      Terishere 6 years ago

      Hi Stars, I also don't understand why some people are cruel to animals. Animals are so innocent, that to abuse them seems even more evil and cruel.

      I hope the man made amends before he died, if not, God will take care of it.

      Great hub! voted up and beautiful..