In Praise of Animals
A Treasury of Poems, Quotations and Readings
Collected by Edward Searl
This imaginative tribute to the richness and complexity of life on this earth is a perfect resource for animal blessing ceremonies and other rituals honoring our brothers and sisters.
Passages from In Praise of Animals:
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
I love cats because I enjoy my home; and little by little, they become its visible soul.
In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. Yonder is the sea, great and wide, creeping things innumerable are there, living things both small and great.
─Psalms 104:25, 30
My friend, I am going to tell you the story of my life. It is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one Spirit.
And in looking through God’s great stone books made up of records reaching back millions and millions of years, it is a great comfort to learn that vast multitudes of creatures, great and small and infinite in number, lived and had a good time in God’s love before man was created.
Edward Searl, a minister for more than 25 years, is author of In Memoriam: A Guide to Modern Funeral and Memorial Services. He is the editor of a series of quotation collections that includes Bless This Child, Coming of Age, We Pledge Our Hearts and Beyond Absence, published by Skinner House Books.
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Last updated on Tuesday, March 30, 2010.