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Kittens and Prayers
Just weeks ago, this sweet little girl
“Wake up, Grandma! It’s time to pray!”
She so yearns and prays for a pet to love
I believe that Spirit listens intently
Soon this fluffy kitten and the prayer box
Recently I’ve been thinking about the relationships between pets, children and elders, and comparing them to the relationship with our God. Our family basset was named Scooter. She was a husky one and quite strong. While our older son delivered the morning newspapers, she would pull our older son on his skateboard. Scooter was also in love with our daughter’s boyfriend and would give him googly eyes when sitting on his lap watching movies. She didn’t want anyone else around. Scooter was more of a farm dog than one with a pedigree, but when she died the whole family gathered around to weep unashamedly.
It only seems right when people ask for prayers for their beloved pets, they become part of who we are and for many are the best characterization of what God’s unconditional love is all about.
It certainly makes sense that the little girl mentioned in the poem above prayed for a pet and had no trouble giving God the credit when the kitten rubbed up against her leg and showed her love.
This prayer from Saint Francis of Assisi says it well,
O God, Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures.
It is good to write down our prayers so that we remember to offer prayers of gratefulness when they are answered. We may not always understand why things happen but can be grateful for another day that we breathe, can watch the rising and setting of the sun, and have a chance to sing a tune.
Know that God loves you and is with your spirit,
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