Prayer for my goat

Hi! I’m Dasha. I own a goat named Belladonna (Bella for short). One day last spring we let Bella graze in our yard to help cut the grass. The next day we noticed that Bella was standing totally still and that there were other signs that she’d eaten something she shouldn’t have. When Bella had not moved for an hour, we started to worry.

I am a member of the local 4-H club. (4-H is a national organization with local clubs where kids and teens can do projects ranging from cooking to raising animals.) So I contacted a local teen leader to help me understand what was going on with Bella. She recommended that we call a vet. We did and scheduled an appointment. The appointment was for later in the day, so we had plenty of time to pray. We chose to pray because my family has had many good experiences when we’ve turned to God for guidance. I’ve also had my own healings in the past. 

My mom and I sat with Bella and sang the hymn “ ‘Feed My Sheep’ ” by Mary Baker Eddy in the Christian Science Hymnal (No. 304). We chose this hymn because we thought it showed that God can heal any situation. My favorite parts for Bella were, “I will listen for Thy voice, / Lest my footsteps stray,” and, “Shepherd, wash them clean.” After we sang the hymn a few times, Bella started to accept the water I was giving her.

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