Thought for the Day: Today is an exciting day around Cypress Creek Christian Church. It is the Blessing of the Animals and Stuffed Animals. We’ve created this event for the community, but it is also part of the Christian tradition. This is the Saturday closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis, and St. Francis was known for his graciousness to the creation, specifically the animals. In fact, there are many stories told about his kindness including the day he first preached to the birds. His friends thought it a bit strange, but he went before a group of birds who did not appear afraid of Francis. According to the story, Francis said to the birds, “My brother and sister birds, you should praise your Creator and always love him…” In the end, he encouraged them with a blessing, and with that, they all flew away allowing their beauty to be their praise and worship. From that day on, Francis took every opportunity to preach to the animals. May all the creatures who join us today help us give thanks and praise to God.
Prayer: Joyful Creator, we give you thanks for all that is beautiful and amazing and joy-giving. The world around us provides so many gifts, and too often we do not perceive them, and for that reason, we do not appreciate them. Let our eyes see and our hearts treasure all the living creatures. Amen.
TODAY IS THE DAY
Rev. Bruce Frogge