1 September 23,1870
“Gentlemen of the jury. The best friend a man has in the world may turn against him and become his enemy. His son or daughter whom he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name, may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from him perhaps when he needs it most. A man’s
reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill-considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success51200-A-Boy-And-His-Dog
is with us may be the first to throw the stone of malice when failure settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely unselfish friend that a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is the dog. Gentlemen of the jury, a man’s dog stands by him in  prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground when the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he can be near his master’s side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer, he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When all other friends desert, he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. If fortune drives the master forth an outcast into the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard him against danger, to fight against his enemies. And when the last scene of all comes, and death takes his master in its embrace and his body is laid in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by his graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws and his eyes sad but open, in alert watchfulness, faithful and true, even unto death”.
So it is my friends an example of the loyalty of the Canine to it’s master. But much abounds in these words stated above, that speak of an even greater Vassal of Love found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who, being the Son of God came to an unregenerate population to reconcile the irrevocable separation of a Father and his own who knew him not. A man who suffered much more than can be understood for sake of love. In taking on the sins of the world while being kicked, slapped, abandoned and ultimately to be put to death for the love of His Master and obedience to the Father’s cause. What a friend we have in Jesus the words proclaim, indeed truly the Ultimate in finding man’s BEST FRIEND! And this court too did find in favor of Christ over the caustic fervor of the world. And we can be assured that Jesus too, does watch over his flock never wavering waiting for You to come back.


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