Spirit of Life

A Child's Book of Animal Poems and Blessings

By Eliza Blanchard, Joyce Hesselberth

From Skinner House Books

These poems, prayers and blessings about our animal brethren are drawn from around the world and throughout history.

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Spirit of life, help me remember
that all animals belong.
Bless the bats for eating mosquitoes.
Bless the crows and buzzards
for cleaning up the dead,
and bless even the snakes,
who keep the mice out of the rice.
Each of them is important.
And each does good in its own way.
Blessed be.

About the Author

Eliza Blanchard

The Rev. Eliza Blanchard is affiliate minister at First Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts. Her ministry includes Spiritual Nurture for Animal Caretakers. She is the editor of A Child’s Book of Blessings and Prayers and A Child’s Book of Animal Poems and Blessings and the author of The Seasoned...

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