Sometimes when we have errands to run and Frank is driving, weíll
take along something that I can read aloud, instead of just listening to
This morning, before setting out for the dayís driving, Frank picked
up a new little book we had received only the day before and brought it
Wow! This little book is a powerhouse! It is entitled God Listens to
Your Care: Prayers for All the Animals of the World by Carol J. Adams.
These simple, heartfelt prayers have always been needed by the world.
Well, better late than never. I told Frank that I wish this little book
had been available when I was a kid!
One prayer in particular that touched my heart is on page 18, a
prayer ďFor squirrels.Ē It is so wonderful to take my concerns about
animals and express them to God. Letting God know the sadness that I
feel over a dead animal on the road, such as a squirrel, comforts me.
It is especially important for children to be able to voice their
joys, sorrows and concerns about animals. These kinds of prayers should be
offered up in churches. Unfortunately, most pastors are remiss in
providing this kind of prayer and counseling for children (or people of
any age, for that matter!).
I am happy that my husband Frank is one who always encouraged prayers
and offered counseling concerning all of Godís creatures, not only
I believe that life-long damage can result from a pastorís uncaring
attitude and unkind remarks made to one who has lost a companion animal
or feels sadness about the plight of some of Godís creatures. Such
damage may lie hidden in many people well into adulthood, and some may
turn away from organized religion. Having fun made of their concerns
hurts deeply those who are open to Godís love for all creation. Isnít it
interesting that the ones who would have no problem with such feelings
are the sociopaths or psychopaths who have no empathy for others, human
or otherwise? Is this the type of development we should be encouraging?
Sensitivity should never be quashed!
As Jesus said, "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from
coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."
(Matthew 19:14) Their compassionate sensitivities are a blessing
for the whole world.
Listens to Your Care By Carol J. Adams