Summer Devotional August 9th, 2017

Genesis 1:26:  “Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.'”

Caring for animals.  Some people devote their entire lives to caring for animals:  Veterinarians, animal shelter workers, animal rescues, zoo keepers, etc.  Many make a living through farming and caring for chickens, cows, horses, sheep, etc.

Most of us either has a pet or had a pet at some point in our lives.  God gives these animals to us to care for and in return they give us their hearts, their souls, and their undying devotion.  They are simple creatures; never asking for much.  Sometimes annoying like nudging you to feed them NOW!  Or kneading your leg in the middle of the night. Yes, they are animals that need their poop picked up, their puke cleaned up, and when they are old, their butts picked up to make it out the door or into the car.

But no one can say these little hindrances take away from what we receive in return.  They are always happy to see us.  Happy to be petted and cuddled.  Quick to comfort.  Always nearby.  We laugh at their quirks and what they do.  We nap with them.  We play.  We grieve when they are sick and die.  But most of all we love them right back and can’t imagine our lives without them.

So hug your pet today.  Or someone else’s.  Donate to the raptor or cat rescue.  Stop to move the baby bird out of the road.  Boycott ivory.  Support the humane treatment of animals.  It is our God-given responsibility.  And you’ll be rewarded in unimaginable ways if you do.

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7 comments on “Summer Devotional August 9th, 2017

  1. Lissette says:

    I lost my 27 year old son to Aids. I don’t wish having to go through that on anyone. God was with me before, during and after. Anyone going through this just know that there is hope. His love and comfort are real.

    A PART OF ME
     
    What is this thing called Faith, I ask
      Today so clear and plain to see
    So real, a rock that I can grasp
      Faith has become a part of me
     
    Then words that paralyze with dread
              A Mother’s heart “Your son is dead”
    O Faith that I thought was so strong
           Now that I need you, you are gone
     
    The morning dawns, what do I feel?
          Nothing yet habit makes me kneel
    I praise you Lord and ask you please
    Could you now help my unbelief?
     
    I need a sign that will tell me
    Is he with You eternally?
    And then He showed a sign so clear
        My sorrow turned to joy with tears
     
    What is this thing called Faith, I ask
           I know less now after what’s passed
    But this I can say faithfully
    Faith has become a part of me!
     
     
      By
     
    Lissette Trahan
                              
     
     
     

    • Linda Murray says:

      That was GREAT! Thank you! I have 3 kitties who are SO precious and loving! They are little blessings from the Lord, for sure!

  2. James C. Marrow says:

    Excellent article. Thank you for the reminder

  3. Dalene Johnson says:

    Here’s a message for all pet lovers. Think Bo . . . 😘

    Sent from my iPad

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  4. Dalene Johnson says:

    I should of said think Bo & Jack, but Jack is already in everyone’s good graces.💕

    Sent from my iPad

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  5. nonniedownsouth@aol.com says:

    Such a beautiful reminder of why I loved and miss my little Shih Tzu, named Blossom, who was devoted to me for sixteen years.  I thank God for all his creations, but especially those who give companionship and love, asking nothing in return.

  6. Dorothy Hardy says:

    And start only eating plants….

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