Up Under the Chin - Second Installment of the Father Tucker series

One of my dogs’ favourite places to be at some point every day is IN my lap, leaning AGAINST my chest, up UNDER my chin.


Maybe the better question is - Why NOT?

Why wouldn’t he want to get as close as he can?

As close to my heartbeat as he can?

And one day I went so far as to seek to match my breaths to his.


And you know what happened?

For a moment my heart and respiration rate slowed and there was an internal rest. A peace. No matter what had to be done next or what I was in the middle of. There was this moment of internal quiet.

I consider this invitation from Jesus.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” ~Matthew 11:28-30

And I wonder why I don’t follow my dog’s lead (so to speak).

And climb up into the lap of Christ.

And lean against Him.

And match my breath to His.

And rest.