The Animal Shelter
In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. -- Psalm 104:24b, c
In your wisdom, you created the marvelous creatures we call our pets, and in our foolishness we often fail to be responsible for their care. It is heart-breaking to see the abandoned family dogs, the unwanted litters of kittens and guinea pigs, the abused animals, and the exotic pets that didn't work out as hoped.
Help all of us who take care of animals to educate pet owners about their responsibilities. Make us dynamic advocates for your vulnerable creatures. Amen.
Helping Around the Church
Brothers and sisters, do not be weary in doing what is right. -- 2 Thessalonians 3:13
God of the righteous,
Who polished the candlesticks?
Who collected stray bulletins after worship?
Who washed the dishes after the last potluck supper?
Who vacuumed the glitter off the carpet after the youth group play?
Every week, countless small tasks are diligently performed by members of the church. These jobs are not as well defined as singing in the choir or as acknowledged as teaching a class, but they need doing. I am truly thankful for the untold contributions made by people who see the practical needs that arise and graciously fill them.
"I was sick and you took care of me." -- Matthew 25:36b
For years I have spent my time at many bedsides. I can't explain why I feel such compassion for the sick, but it has grown from a gentle nudge of sympathy to an insistent empathy. More than likely, it is your hand in my life.
Lord, you know I am their caretaker: warming cold feet or slipping ice chips through parched lips. I am their companion: reading from a favorite magazine, listening to old stories, or writing a letter. I am also their advocate: talking to the nurse, asking the doctor questions, and communicating with the family.
It makes me truly sad to imagine my fragile friends alone and in need. I believe that whatever I do for these members of my human family, I do also for you.
Copyright © 1999 by Lisa Flinn