Gift #503: Giving Thanks – a prayer for animals

Today’s prayer is a short heartfelt petition focused on animals.  The care and provision of animals is a cause very dear to my heart, and I was very pleased to see that the author, Katherine Patterson, had included several verses of prayer directed on animals.  Unfortunately the needs of animals are often glossed over or neglected entirely, and we too often forget that God created and cares for all of His creatures, and that He delights in all of them.  That is after all, the first God-given commandment the human race had ever received – to nurture God’s creation.  I’m glad that this book is teaching children to extend care and compassion to all of our fellow creatures – even those with no voice.

Dear Father, hear and bless
They beasts and singing birds,
And guard with tenderness
Small things that have no words. 
 – Author unknown

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Blessings to you,

Sarah

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