Sunday, October 02, 2011
Something Fishy Going On
The weather just didn't cooperate this morning for an outdoor Blessing of the Animals. It was cold and by the end of worship the rain was teeming down. I thought of cancelling but I encouraged folk to bring their companion critters anyway, and they did. Gathering in the hall there weren't as many pets as usual but we still had lots of dogs, a rabbit named Cottonball and a fish named Pip. Well, Pip, the tropical fish, was as home but her tween parent asked if I would do the blessing in absentia. And I did.
Some of the dogs have been part of every blessing at St. Paul's and one of the Golden Retrievers had a recent encounter with a skunk. I didn't notice until I stooped for the blessing -- I knelt, he smelt.
Two of the pooches were recently acquired puppies and they were adorable. Another is a young dog whose owner told me tearfully that he wasn't long for this world because of seizures. But that was back in January, and there he was to receive God's blessing once again. Medication has given him a new lease on life.
I read a note from retired vet Rich who reflected on his own menagerie and his sense of loss now that he is no longer working with animals on a daily basis. He couldn't be with us but his voice was heard.
As I come to each animal in the circle I see the love and pride in the humans who share life with them. It is a lovely moment, even when there is a trace of skunk.