|CHAPLAIN OF PETS PRAYER
Lord, you have called my heart to serve all creatures.
Grant that as I work to serve in this capacity for which I am called
That I am filled with compassion,
That I am filled with understanding
That I am filled with charity
That I am filled with empathy
That I am filled with a generous heart
That I am filled with selflessness
That I am filled with caring
That I am filled with tolerance
That I am filled with the ability to comfort
That I am filled with wisdom
That I am filled with humility
That I remain your humble servant
That I am filled with calmness and peace
And that I am filled with your Grace and your Love
Above all else as I serve you through serving your creatures
Including their human families.
Grant that I see you reflected in the eyes of all creatures
Great and small and that I never forget
That it is your love alone that is beating in all hearts.
|A Prayer of Thanksgiving:
Spirit of Life, Spirit of Love, dear God,
We pause this day to acknowledge the suffering of the countless birds
innocent and sensitive.
We pause this day to acknowledge the suffering and pain that many
animals experience every day.
We pause to name our own pain and frustration at what feels like our
powerlessness to end the suffering..
Be with the animals, and with us, in the horror of slaughter and suffering.
Amidst this suffering we pause to acknowledge the beauty that resides
beside the brokenness.
We acknowledge the many ways in which we can and do make a
difference as we strive together in this community of solidarity with Life.
We acknowledge the joy as well as the sorrow that is the result of
our recognition of our interdependence.
We are grateful for the wonder of creation, for our place in it,
for all beings and our connection to them all.
May we live from a place of compassion for all beings, human and
otherwise, so that the Love by which we are called, in which we live and
move and have our being, may be made manifest in all that we do and all
that we are.
May we support one another and witness to the power of choice to
create a more just, loving, and beautiful world for all beings.
All my love and affection to you all, my dear companions on this journey.
Rev. Dr. Beth Johnson, CCDC
President, Unitarian Universalist Animal Ministry