Bright and Beautiful Beings

Funny, adorable, cute, energy booster, loyal, and sweet. These are just some of the words to describe our pets or animal companions. I believe that these words are limited with what our pets really are.

I grew up with dogs and cats at home. And in some period took care of pigeons, turtles, fresh-water aquarium fishes, and hedgehog. Each has its own unique character and beauty. Each brings special happiness and energy to us. One of my treasured memories with Jedai, my Siamese cat, was his “meowing” before he jumps on my bed or my lap or table. He will wait for my tapping of hands first. I find him super sweet and cuddly. Another sweet has entered my life when I came to Moline. He is Sweetheart, a 3-month-old black kitten. His is a real energy booster! And soon, we will have Honey, another Siamese kitty! I got the special privilege to play with Kelsey and Boomer! Oh! what a sheer happiness these wonderful beings bring! I remember the hymn/poem my Mama taught us, “All Things Bright And Beautiful.” There refrain goes:

 “All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small. All things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.”

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This is a hymn of praise to our Creator, who makes all things wonderful. This is also a declaration that we as humans are no better than all other creatures. In Genesis 1:28b God said: “I’m putting you in charged of the fish, birds and all the wild animals.” Our task is to be in charge, to be good steward, good caretaker, good manager of God’s creation. We are just stewards, not Owner. Being in charge of these creatures is God’s gift to humanity. It is a privilege and a blessing at the same time.

I met Kathy Ybarra. We shared our fur-friends’ stories. She had Wilson, a stray kitten found by her students, which grew as a therapy cat for her school. Wilson helped her troubled students be calm, responsible, and caring. She said that we humans can learn so much from our dogs and cats about unconditional love and loyalty.

And so, the next time you feel down, anxious or lonesome or if you just need an ounce of energy

booster, take some time to with one of these bright and beautiful beings. You will have 100% pure love guaranteed!

– Pastor Jan