A PRAYER FOR CALLUM

From Professor Andrew Linzey:

My deepest sympathy, Jonathan. These bonds go very deep. Other creatures' communication is so mysterious. When our cat, Mitzi died, our other cat, Rufus, spent days just sitting on her grave in the garden. Below is my favourite prayer from my Animal Rites: Liturgies of Animal Care and it comes with my sympathies, prayers and blessings. Yours ever, Andrew

Pilgrim God
who journeys with us
through the joys and shadows
of this world

be with us
in our sorrow
and feel our pain;

help us to accept
the mystery of death
without bitterness
but with hope.

Among the shadows
of this world,
amid the turmoil of life
and the fear of death

you stand alongside us,
always blessing, always giving
arms always outstretched.

For this we know:
every living thing is yours
and returns to you.

As we ponder this mystery
we give you thanks
for the life of Callum
and we now commit him
into your loving hands.

Gentle God:
fragile is your world,
delicate are your creatures,
and costly is your love
which bears and redeems us all.
Amen.

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A PRAYER FOR CALLUM — 3 Comments

  1. Actually, having got home from work and read this again much more thoroughly, the bit that stands out is Rufus sitting on Mitzi’s grave.