Thursday, April 14, 2016
God and dog
He talks about how we humans have a hard time understanding the difference between "my shoes" and "my dog" and "my home" and "my country" and "my God".
If we take this entirely in the wrong direction, we find ourselves treating God like some people treat their dogs. Abusing, neglecting, looking down on, lording over. But there is an alternative.
We can learn to let the spectrum work in the other direction. We can learn to take care of our country, respect our neighbor, love our dog, and even show responsibility and care for our shoes, as we "do it all unto the LORD".
That's the cool thing about dignity and respect. When you learn to have it for God, it starts to permeate the way you treat everyone - and everything. That's why we find saints like Francis referring to Brother Sun and Sister Moon. We find ourselves embracing all of creation as the great gift that it is from the Creator. We learn to treat every blade of grass, every insect, every dog with care and dignity and respect. We begin to see how God takes great delight in the things that He has made, and we learn to work with Him in caring for all things.
Thank You, God, for helping us learn the dignity of things.