October 6, 2016
If Source is in everything and everything comes from Source, then animals, too, are a window into Divine nature. People seem to vary a lot, however, in their feelings about animals. Some are fascinated with wild creatures. Others prefer the domesticated ones. Some people are more drawn to dogs than cats; others vice versa. And some people don’t feel much of a connection with animals at all.
And then there are those like St. Francis of Assisi, who loved every animal he ever encountered and treated them with the utmost gentleness and respect. His “feast day” is October 4th and many churches around the world have developed a tradition of holding special “pet blessings” around this time of year.
Our Unity will be doing an animal blessing at the end of the 2nd service this Sunday (only service animals at the 1st service, please), and you are welcome to bring a special pet – or a picture, if you prefer.
But even if you are not a pet lover, I invite you to come reflect with me on the various lessons that we can learn from the animal world. As Native Americans teach, animal medicine is powerful and healing. We all have access to that wisdom, if we are open to it.