Today my friend Keith shares his perspective on loving animals and our pets.
Recently, a Wildlife team devoted to protecting animals in India approached an elephant cruelly abused and confined for 50 years.
Rescuers, armed with fruit, spoke softly to Raju. Once the elephant felt their love, tears poured down his face. He’s now living comfortably at an Elephant Care Center.
Love motivated Raju’s rescue. It is love that motivates us to care for our household pets.
I’m convinced every living creature has a spiritual nature and identity that responds to love, and loves. Love also motivates healing.
For instance, a young girl in the 1830s demonstrated that her father’s farm animals responded to love and prayer. In a book that also describes her healing work for people when she was an adult, she, Mary Baker Eddy, referred to “divine Love” and “Life” as the ultimate healer and source of our love of animals and their love of us.
She wrote, “God is the Life, or intelligence, which forms and preserves the individuality and identity of animals as well as of men.”
Spiritual views heal. Every prayerful acknowledgement of an animal’s spiritual nature allows more of their intelligence, vitality, and divinely maintained health to appear
If your pet appears unwell, then a growing trust and understanding of “divine Love” and “Life” can be beneficial.
Another woman found divine care to be an effective option for her pets’ needs. She wrote: “In college, my adult Siamese cat became listless. The vet diagnosed feline leukemia and said nothing further could be done. When she appeared to be on her deathbed, I started praying. The next thing I knew my cat had traveled up two flights of stairs and tried to jump in my lap. I was so grateful. She was completely healthy again.”
Recently she asked me to pray for her dog, Min Pin, who quickly recovered.
My prayer included these thoughts:
Thank you, Love, for being the real Father-Mother of all. You are the tender life of this Min Pin.
You have made all your beings “very good,” (Genesis 1:31) – undamaged, beautiful, harmless, useful, fearless.
Your ideas live before and after we can touch them.
Whether we see wings, hooves, beaks, fur, or tails, teach us to see each spiritual creation as you know it. Teach us to love enough to heal.
Again, love motivates you to help and heal. And since you love your pets, perhaps you can view them as spiritual ideas. As you do, very likely, you will rescue and heal the confined and suffering. Your love might bring an elephant to tears.
(Modified) – Keith Wommack is a Syndicated Columnist, Christian Science practitioner and teacher, husband, and step-dad. He has been described as a spiritual spur (since every horse needs a little nudge now and then). Keith’s columns originate at: KeithWommack.com