“All God’s Creatures: The Blessing of Animal Companions” 9781557254726 written by Debra K. Farrington explores the spiritual aspects of owning and loving a pet. Farrington, a member of the Episcopal Network for Animal Welfare, uses biblical passages and Christian teachings to send home a basic message - that aside from its basic needs, love is the most important gift you can give your animal companion.
The author turns her attention to a relatively unexplored avenue of spiritual growth: our bond with animals. Using the language of spirituality, Ms. Farrington writes of animals' bonds with humans in terms of "covenant and commitment" and explores ethical concerns that arise in caring for a sick animal.
Many pages in “All God’s Creatures: The Blessing of Animal Companions” 9781557254726 are devoted to special prayers and rituals involving animals, including materials for a St. Francis Day "Blessing of the Animals" service, a liturgy for "Covenanting with Animals" (when welcoming a new animal into the family) and a service to mark the death of a beloved animal companion.
“All God’s Creatures: The Blessing of Animal Companions” 9781557254726 from Paraclete Press, paperback, 160 pages