Last week someone came up to me after church and asked, “You mean we can really bring our animals to church this week? For real?” Yes, my friend, you can really bring your cats and dogs and birds and turtles and goldfish and hamsters and hermit crabs and on and on and on it goes . . . because this Sunday at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles we will celebrate the Blessing of the Animals . . . our service will be held outside on the Forecourt of the church . . . and you’ll love the music and you’ll love the friendship and good will among all God’s creatures . . . and you might even like the sermon.
To inspire us, I offer these words from St. Francis of Assisi . . .
“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.”
Take a Breath today. Live today believing that the whole world wishes to bless you. Receive it with awe and humility. Pass it along to others with grace and kindness.