Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
So many Christians tend to be like that family – we just do not get it. We struggle along trying to be good church folk, but we find it all to be a bit difficult and, at times, sort of grim, like trying to exist on dry, stale cheese sandwiches, when all the while there is laid out for us a wonderful feast which is all included in the cost of discipleship – the price of the ticket. I am often reminded of the very severe young evangelist who stood up and declared with the most sad face, “I have been so happy since I found Jesus!”
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Monday, October 3, 2011
-- This blessing is from an order of service put together by Bill Hopper for the use of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Miami. Bill was at the time, the organist and choir master at Trinity, and, as you can tell, a lover of animals. During the service of the Blessing of the Animals, I would go to each animal present and give this blessing. It always filled me with emotion and joy. (If any would like a copy of the entire service, let me know by email and I will send you a copy.)
Nikki is doing very well and, while she is 11, she acts and moves like a three year old. I had two other Huskies in my life: Kree, when I was a teenager, and Grey Wolf, who was with us when our girls were small. They were all wonderful companions and Nikki joyfully carries on her part as a faithful and dear friend.
Matthew Fox referred to his Golden Retriever as his "spiritual director." I do not claim that my Huskies have been my spiritual directors, but they are certainly my soul friends. In them one can truly see the essence of the Holy.
I found this wonderful piece which seems fitting as we come to Saint Francis' Day and the blessing and thanksgiving for our animals and all creatures and creation: