Below are some random thoughts on this coming Sunday's message. We hope they create a little time in your day to reflect on the journey of faith and life. If they spur any thoughts, quotes, or experiences, please share them. God moves among us as we share with each other.
For a blog, I was recently looking for an image of dogs being walked on the street, and so I Googled "dogs on street image." I was heartbroken by the photographs that resulted. There were starving dogs, suffering dogs, and abandoned dogs. I had to quickly leave the site.
Since little Gracie has come into our lives, my sensitivity around these issues has greatly increased. I think it's because through Gracie I experience the joy of a relationship with God's creatures—and an exceptionally cute one at that (had to include her picture!).
This Sunday we're celebrating the joy God's little (and not so little!) creatures bring to our lives. It is our annual Blessing of the Animals service, and we look forward to welcoming all of your pets into the sanctuary!
While our fuzzy pets are being blessed, I hope it stirs compassion within us for all of God's creatures. In Psalm 145:9 it says, "God's compassion is over all that God has made." May we be a community that embodies this compassion in ways that respond to the needs of God's creatures. They are part of the beauty and miracle of creation that so enriches our lives.