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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A Prayer for Animals

Russian photographer Elena Karneeva has taken this photograph of a young girl with a young bear. When we are little, animals are our heroes: they have secret knowledge, they are magical and inspire our first books, we interact with them lovingly, they are friends whose company we enjoy. Then at some point, animals become the enemy, and we can start killing them, abusing and being violent with them. Perhaps this reflects the Adam and Eve story where Adam is so close to the animals,  he even names them. The story doesn't tell us, but after taking up with the tempter and eating from the forbidden tree, did he become indifferent to the animals or worse? 

Here is a prayer for the animals written by Albert Schweitzer.

Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering, for any that are hunted or lost or deserted or frightened or hungry; for all that must be put to 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. Amen.*

*Matthew 5:7 "Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy." 


  1. A tender picture of two beings living in harmony. Our cruelty to animals and to other humans must make tears rain down from heaven above. Mercy towards all will set us free from ourselves.

  2. I read this with a heavy heart. I pray to be a true friend as the prayer suggests.

  3. My heart is heavy too. I'm told that if we were to see what happens in slaughter houses - chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, lambs, calves, even horses (for dog food) we'd never be able to eat meat again. And that Africa's animals are still being killed for their fur, tusks, body parts for aphrodisiacs, etc is profoundly sad. But the killing of Syria's littlest children is galling too, and that the world is basically just watching, maybe with a little hand-wringing.

  4. I feel dogs were given to us to support us in all our needs. There love and protection have brought happiness to people of all ages and time. why anyone would try to harm them is hard to understand. Just as it is hard to understand why people torture and kill the little babies in the womb. All things created by God should be treated with kindness.