So, God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. ~Genesis 1:21
This Sunday at 10:00 a.m. is Blessing of the Animals! Liberty will be the host to a wagging, squirming, wriggling, fluttering array of beloved creatures. The Bible reminds us that in the beauty and diversity and complexity of the natural world, we see the hand of the Creator.
Father Zosima, in The Brothers Karamazov, exhorts his congregation:
“Brothers…love all creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything you will perceive the divine mystery in things. Once you perceive it, you will begin to comprehend it better every day. And you will come at last to love the whole world with an all-embracing love.”
We bring our pets to worship to receive a blessing. We, of course, are blessed in turn: blessed by our pet’s faithfulness, affection, care. We are blessed by how they expand our family and our hearts. The German mystic, Meister Eckhart, proclaimed:
“Every creature is full of God and is a book about God.”
Please join us for this furry, feathered, finned celebration – and invite a friend!