What I Know


What I  Know

By Susie Teramura


 Dog lays sick,

Not eating still,

Becoming skin and bones.

We pet her tired head.

With big sad eyes,

8 year old asks,


“Mama, is she going to die?”

And I look down,

Not sure how to

Answer this question,

 As I am really

Not sure, but

In my heart I know

It’s not looking good.


But another part of me holds out

For hope and miracles

And for 11 year old dogs

To act young again.


So I pull her up

On to my lap and

Say what I can,


“I don’t know.”


And these words start

Rolling around in my head,

And all

The uncertainties

Of the day

Come rumbling in  

Like big thunderclouds.


The “I don’t knows,”

Hanging heavy,

 Ready to pour

Rain on my day,


But her eyes

Keep looking

At mine,


For something to hang

Her hat on,


To help her

Push this worry away,


And so I say,

Talking to her and

To my own soul,

That so desperately needs

A talking to.


“When I am stuck in a

‘Don’t know’

I start thinking,

And counting,

The things

I do know.”


And so we started counting,

And naming,

The things

We do know,

What you have

Told us

In Your word.


You are good,

And faithful.

You will never leave

Us alone and

Will be there when

We are sad.


You will wipe

Our tears away,

And hide us in

Your love until

The storm passes.


You have a plan and

Purpose for us that is good.

You are in control,

And we are held,

And helped,

And taught,

And completely cared for.


We know that

In this world

We will have trouble,

And sorrow

And heartache

And pain.


Things break,

And fall apart,

And die.


But You will make

All things new,

And right.


And so,

The best is

Yet to come.

You are re – storying us.

You never get tired or old,

You are perfect and

Your plans are

Perfect too,


And the list went on,

And on,

Pushing that thunderhead

On its way,

Making space for

Sunshine and light

Warmth and life.


We give the dog one more

Scratch behind

 The ears,

And say goodnight,

Knowing we are


And held tight.



Jeremiah 29:11

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.


2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 So we’re not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There’s far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can’t see now will last forever.


Revelation 21:3-5

I heard a voice thunder from the Throne: “Look! Look! God has moved into the neighborhood, making his home with men and women! They’re his people, he’s their God. He’ll wipe every tear from their eyes. Death is gone for good—tears gone, crying gone, pain gone—all the first order of things gone.” The Enthroned continued, “Look! I’m making everything new.