Unlike most days at Rainbow Bridge, this day dawned|
cold and gray, 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 an elderly animal came into view,
head hung low and tail dragging. The other animals, the
ones who had been there for 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 animal 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 animals who were with their people could
pass over Rainbow Bridge.
With no place else to turn to, the elderly animal turned
towards the fields before The Bridge and saw a group of
other animals like himself, also elderly and 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
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 animal was a rescue. He was turned in
to rescue just as you see him now, an older animal with his
fur graying and his eyes clouding. He never made it out of
rescue and passed on with only the love of his rescuer to
comfort him as he left his earthly existance. 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 scratch behind the ears. The
newly restored animals fell into line and followed him towards
The Bridge. They all crossed The Bridge together.
"That was a rescuer. The animals you saw bowing in respect
were those who found new homes because of his work. They
will cross when their new families arrive. Those you saw
restored were those who never found homes. When a rescuer
arrives, they are allowed to perform one, final act of rescue.
They are allowed to escort those poor animals that they
couldn't place on earth across The Rainbow Bridge."