Earlier this week, when Grand-sitting, I took Cozy’s face in my hands and said, “God loves you, sweet Cozy.”
I did not add, “and has a wonderful plan for your life.”
Cozy’s the Carlberg family’s dog.
My spiritual connection with Cozy’s rooted in the book my friend and I’ve been reading for Advent: All Earth Is Waiting by Katie Dawson. The author instructs all creation is waiting to be set right again: trees, water, animals, humans. Think of JOY to the World, when “heaven and nature sing.”
Since the Washington funeral service for President George H.W.Bush, I’ve been humming or singing, “Praise, my soul, the King of heaven.”
Not all funerals leave one singing.
The services in Washington and Houston reminded me, we don’t have to agree on everything to work together for a greater good. Even, true friendships become possible.
Years ago, I thought it a mere political slogan to be “a kinder, gentler nation.”
God, do we ever need that today.
Nothing wimpy about kindness.
Nothing weak about gentleness.
On this December day, I’m still singing,
“Praise my soul, the King of heaven,
to his feet your tribute bring.
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven,
evermore his praises sing.
Praise the everlasting King!”
The hymn continues:
“Praise him for his grace and favor to his people in distress…”
Which takes me back to Cozy, cupping his face in my hands, watching his eyes as I bless him with words fit for man and beast, “God loves you.”
Imagining healing during this Advent season, blessing an enemy with grace and love, singing,
“Angels, help us to adore him,
you behold him face to face.
Sun and moon, bow down before him,
dwellers all in time and space.
Praise with us the God of grace!”
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