A prayer in the night
Heartfelt wishes for a magic and still Christmas to you all. Whilst you share the blessed moments with your loved ones, may you also remember to spare a thought for Gods little people. Here is a special prayer I posted in the early beginnings of this blog, but I find it so fitting for a Christmas night that I'll post it here once more. The words are said to be composed by Albert Schweitzer as a young child, because he couldn't understand why animals weren't included in the nightly prayers he used to say with his mother. The early beginnings of a great humanitarian.
A PRAYER FOR THE ANIMALS
Hear our humble prayer, O God,
for our friends the animals,
especially for animals who are suffering;
for animals that are overworked,
underfed and cruelly treated;
for all wistful creatures in captivity
that beat their wings against bars;
for any that are hunted or lost or deserted
or frightened or hungry;
for all that must be put death.
We entreat for them all Thy mercy and pity,
and for those who deal with them
we ask a heart of compassion
and gentle hands and kindly words.
Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals,
and so to share the blessings of the merciful.
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