Today was Animal Blessing Sunday at church, and what a joy. Multiple dogs and two bunnies, and lots of photos of stay-at-home pets (including my kitty Pippin, who would not feel blessed by having to get into his carrier and be in a strange place) and remembering beloved animal companions who have died. Blessings to all creatures and all who love and care for them.
The Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig, Minister
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Stockton
October 3, 2010
A couple of nights ago,
for the first time in many years, I dreamed of my dog Winky,
beautiful, sweet Winky who was our dog when I was a little girl.
Winky was half-golden retriever, half-husky,
with a black husky back and a golden face,
and true to her ancestors, she loved to run and she loved us kids.
Winky has been dead for a very long time.
She died when I was thirteen years old.
But in my dream, she was alive again, and I thought in the dream
how wondrous it was that she had lived to be in her 30s.
I got to pet her like in the old days,
and she came and sat with me and put her head on my knee.
It was so good to see her, even in a dream.
When I woke up, I felt really blessed.
And in honor of our Blessing of the Animals Sunday,
I wanted to talk for just a little bit about,
what is a blessing? Continue reading