Companion animals can provide us with much happiness.
We adopted a cuddly Golden Retriever puppy, and named her Paris, when we arrived at the seashore.
She grew strong and healthy and liked retrieving sticks and splashing in the water at the beach. Goldens have webbed feet.
Her happiest day, however, was the time she came to church with me.
I was one of the volunteers that cleaned the inside of the church. On my day to clean, Paris came me; with me ; she loved car rides.
She was delighted to be in the church! I had never seen her wag her tail so much !
She explored and sniffed her way joyfully around the building, perhaps realizing intuitively that she was in a special place.
She finally jumped up on a pew and rested there while I finished cleaning. ( I made sure to do an extra mopping before we left).
Perhaps some might be scandalized that I allowed my doggie in a church, but we need to understand, as the Bible teaches us, the definition of ‘church’. In 1 Peter 2: 4-5, we learn that the Church is made of living stones. You and I , and billions of other followers of Christ are the living stones that make up the body of Christ here on earth.
Perhaps through blogging, you have gained even greater understanding of how spread out we all are.
God has called us out of every tribe and nation to be Christ’s representatives, and to share the Good News of the Gospel.
The Universal Church has a particular tenderness towards pets. It was comforting when Pope Francis said, in 2014, that pets could make their way to heaven.
Our furbabies are certainly one of God’s choicest gifts to us.
Paris grew old here by the sea, and we provided palliative care to her. I had just finished telling her about the time when we went blueberry picking and she saw a moose, when she passed away. She is buried at the edge of our property, beside the sea where she loved to swim.
Let us say a prayer of thanksgiving for the precious animals that God gives us to enrich our lives.
Photo of Paris by Sally