September 29, 2019

“We’re All Part of the Same Creation”

Genesis 1:20-25; 6:17-22

 

Then earth, light, (day and darkness (Night) sky, land and sea, plants, sun and moon, stars, living beings, birds, fish, whales, then all the rest of the animals. Just before humans…

 

Animals are a wonderful part of God’s creation. And are a valued part of the tapestry of creation, along with human beings. I was reminded of this when Paula and I went away on vacation up in Vancouver, B.C. One of the days there, we traveled north to Campbell River and took a zodiac boat excursion to get up-close encounters with Humpback whales and Pacific White-Sided dolphins. After about ½ an hour, we found a small group of whales and watched them, swimming through the ocean, bobbing up and down, spouting and then diving for food. Not long after, we found yet another group of Humpbacks. Then our captain heard that there had been a large school of dolphins spotted in a cove, but it was at least 90 kilometers away and would take us a couple of hours to get there. It sounded like a bit of a far trip, and I didn’t know if seeing dolphins would be as cool as seeing whales, but I was thoroughly enjoying being in a zodiac boat and orange survival suit- imagining myself in a Jacque Cousteau TV special from the 1970s. So, I agreed with the others on board that we should go for it.

 

After a couple of hours, going deeper and deeper into this area of largely uninhabited islands, our captain slowed down in a cove. “I found them!” she exclaimed excitedly. We suddenly saw about 60-70 dolphins all together, swimming directly ahead of us. The captain took the boat right next to this pod of dolphins. The first thing that struck Paula and I was hearing the breath of these beautiful animals all around us. As one would come to the surface, it would breathe in and we would hear the sounds “Phh!” Then there was another and another. I was reminded of God breathing life into Adam-the divine Ruach of the creator giving life and realized that same divine breath was in these animals. then they began jumping out of the water, flipping in the air and looking at us with their eyes. It was a profound moment of connection with creation and made me understand we are all part of the same creation. I was reminded of a quote by one of my favorite authors from the Sci-Fi Fantasy world back in the day, Douglas Adams, who wrote, “We humans have always assumed we were much more intelligent than dolphins because we have achieved so much-the wheel, New York, wars and so on-whilst all the dolphins had ever done was much about in the water having a good time. But, conversely, the dolphins have always believed that they were far more intelligent-for precisely the same reasons.”

 

Melville wrote, “What mystery is the sea, whose stirrings speak of a hidden soul beneath.” Those souls were on full display in that amazing place.

 

That is true of all the animals here with us today- with souls created by the divine breath of God, we are all part of the same amazing, beautiful creation. So, as you look into your beloved pet’s eyes sometime today or tonight, remember that connection, and give thanks for the variety and abundance of all the animals and humans who walk the earth. All animals deserve God’s blessing because they are a creation of the Creator.

 

Some wise sayings about pets:

 

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” –Anatole France

 

“Animals are such agreeable friends—they ask no questions; they pass no criticisms.” –George Eliot

 

“Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent.” –Milan Kundera

 

“The ideal of calm exists in a sitting cat.” –Jules Renard

 

If I could be half the person my dog is, I’d be twice the human I am.

 

Maybe the reason that I love animals so much is because the ONLY time they have broken my heart is when they’ve crossed that rainbow bridge.

 

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats. Albert Schweitzer

 

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person. Andy Rooney

 

In ancient times cats were worshipped as gods. They have not forgotten this. Terry Pratchett

 

Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for humans to live up to. Alfred Montapret.

 

 

Blessings

______I bless you in the name of Your Creator who loves you, and for your family who loves you. May God bless you with a good life, loving family,

lots of good walks and tummy rubs (dog)

plenty of things to scratch (cat)

plenty of songs to sing (bird)

abundant piles of hay (horse)

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