He said to them, “Go into the whole world
and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.”
From Mark 16:9-15
Though I admit to questioning the devotion of some animal lovers, I also admit that I truly admire the relationships they share with their pets. A blind high school classmate arrived with her dog at her side every day. This dog maintained a completely professional demeanor during the school day. After class, however, dog and master behaved as best friends. Six pound Fluffy was my mother-in-law’s closest companion for many years. Regardless of how well or ill she felt on a given day, Fluffy brought a smile to her face. No ache or pain was ever enough to keep Fluffy from being brushed and petted. Even our own poorly trained Ernie, who often drove my husband and me crazy, spent his days nuzzling affectionately beside us.
Is it any wonder that Jesus sent off his disciples to preach the gospel to every creature? Our animal friends have much to teach us about unconditional love.
Creator God, thank you for the gift of Jesus who brought divine love to this earth firsthand. Thank you also for the affectionate pets who offer us stellar examples of your love.
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