I am a faithful reader of “The Daily Word” (www.silentunity.org). No matter what your higher source is, I believe the greatest plan was hatched when animals were created. Before I elaborate, here is today’s lesson from “The Daily Word.”
God bless animals, for they are essential to the balance of nature.
Bless the animals of every form and size, wherever they may be. In a heartland or on a coastline, in the pasture or the jungle, all are of God’s creation.
Whether legged, winged, scaled, or finned, all creatures are precious to the circle of life. As they go about doing what is theirs to do, they make a positive difference in our world.
A tiny, wet-nosed puppy snuggles on a bed. The powerful burst of a whale’s blow reaches for the sky. All animals give us reason to appreciate them.
They are handsome, strong, and giving. They give comfort, joy, safety, and service. It is our joy to take care of and protect them and their habitats. Wherever they may be, they are gifts of God, essential to the balance of nature.
The animals in my life have been the greatest blessings for me. I believe in order to truly appreciate them we have to observe their actions and take to heart what they are teaching us.
My cat reminds me that naps are essential for a balanced life! Even if 15 minutes is all I can squeeze in, if I do it, I am a more efficient, energized person. She also teaches me time alone is good for our souls. It refreshes me and helps to make me a better person.
My dog Frankie, who is paralyzed, has taught me some of the greatest lessons to date. I have not always been the most patient person. When she was hurt, I added to my routine the care of doing physical therapy with her and learning to express her bladder, which we continue to do and must do for the duration of her life. Each morning we run through the exercises to keep her muscles strong. This takes about 15 minutes and in that time my love deepens for her. It is the best feeling in the world to know I am doing the best I can for her. And I can just read it in her sweet face that she understands what I am doing.
My young lab Kylie teaches me to have fun in life! As she runs wild in the yard each evening, she reminds me we must all find time to play each day… and to play hard. She is full of daily antics and that has taught me not to sweat the small stuff.
All of the animals within my home and those I come in contact with in the outside world complete my circle of life. My heart would not be as rich, full and joyful if it were not for all of God’s creatures. They have brought me the greatest riches in the world that money simply cannot buy. Each and every animal on this earth is simply priceless.