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Animal Blessing by Rev. Joe Cherry

I invite you now to touch your pet, Take their paw, their claw, Metaphorically take their fin through the water, And smile at them.

Touch them. Pet them as you’re able, and while you are petting them,

Focus love energy into them.

They are like and not like us. They depend on us to feed and care for them. We depend on them for companionship.

They teach us life lessons Lessons about responsibility Compassion Empathy.

So many wonderful lessons.

While continuing to focus on your love for them, repeat after me.

Dear One, My love for you is like no other. There will never be another you in my life

You are unique

You have your own story. You have your own will. You have your own way of loving me.

Dear One, I am grateful for our time together. I am grateful to come home to you I am grateful to wake up in a home where your heart beats, too.

You make your own mistakes You make your own adventures You have your own way of seeing life.

Dear One, Some time in the future, our time together will end.

This fills me with great sadness. I don’t know if you know this, but I do. And this reminds me to treasure you now.

Your ability to love Your ability to forgive Your ability to play

Dear One. You teach me so much You are one of my teachers

And I am grateful.

- The Rev. Joe Cherry

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Rev. Joe Cherry

Rev. Joe is a biracial, gay, Unitarian Universalist minister, and history nerd. He lives in North Easton, Massachusetts, with his husband, Rev. Denis Paul, and their dog, Toulouse.

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