Of Angels and Animals

We have a brown furry 4 legged member of our family. We have shared our home with Josey, our Cocker Spaniel for 14 years. Josey no longer hears and her eye sight is dimming. She has several internal issues and is no longer as reliable as she used to be. I think you get the picture. Still she has an uncanny way of accepting all this. As Josey gets older and her health declines, I think how over the years, she has taught me gratefulness and acceptance. I read somewhere that the Greek term for angels is “angelos.” “Angelos”, means messenger and messengers come in many different forms. I believe animals are one of God’s messengers.

Animals definitely live in the moment. Josey, lives in a state of gratefulness. She’s grateful when we arrive home and shows us with an earnest wagging of tail. She’s ecstatic when given a treat and loves a ride in the car, head through the open window, tongue lolling out. A tummy or back rub she smiles with pure joy. Yes, I think animals can teach us about gratefulness, unconditional acceptance, and the art of living in the moment. Just by their presence they can draw us into the now. We humans spend a lot of time half clinging to the past, half stretched into, and planning our future. This leaves little time to pause and count our many blessings.

With the help of God’s spirit I will learn to risk a little more in 2014, to be gratefully present in the moment. When we humans do this, we become angels to others. An act of generosity, through love will change the world. I have the following quote on my desk. “It’s not the wings that make the angel, but the message of courageous presence and creative acceptance, no matter what the moment brings.” “Fear Not.”

Abba God,
For all your creatures, great and small we give you thanks. Thank you for the careful way you have designed all things. For the promise that you hold a bright future and a bright hope for us, we are grateful. Your ways are truly the joy in our lives.

Lois Autterson

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