As today is Good Friday, I would like to focus on something more Christian. So, I decided to do a post on how God made these wonderful creatures; our amazing animals.
Just as God created the oceans, the sunsets, the woods, and the beaches, He made humans. Humans needed companions though, and food. So came to be animals! God made every bird, every reptile, every insect, every single animal there ever was. He made snakes, armadillos, penguins, horses, even mosquitoes, and so many more animals & insects.
"...God said, "Let the water teem with an abundance of living creatures, and on the earth let birds fly beneath the dome of the sky." And so it happened: God created the great sea monsters and all kinds of swimming creatures with which the water teems, and all kinds of winged birds. God saw how good it was, and God blessed them, saying, "Be fertile, multiply, and fill the water of the seas; and let the birds multiply on the earth." Evening came, and morning followed - the fifth day. Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth all kinds of living creatures: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals of all kinds." And so it happened: God made all kinds of wild animals, all kinds of cattle, and all kinds of creeping things of the earth. God saw how good it was." (GEN 1:19-25)
"God saw how good it was." I would like to draw special attention to this one phrase; for every animal He made has a purpose, too! He made bees to make honey, spiders to eat the mosquitoes, dogs to be our pets, and pigs for delicious pork, ham, & sausage. Beavers cut down trees, dung beetles roll dung over the prairie to fertilize it (however disgusting that might sound), and termites build so amazing mounds that even human architects can learn from them.
How good is our God? Let us say this prayer for all of God's creatures:
Saint Francis' Canticle of All Creatures
Most High, all-powerful, all-good Lord,
All praise is Yours, all glory, all honour and all blessings.
To you alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no mortal lips are worthy to pronounce Your Name.
Praised be You my Lord with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour,
Of You Most High, he bears the likeness.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
In the heavens you have made them bright, precious and fair.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brothers Wind and Air,
And fair and stormy, all weather's moods,
by which You cherish all that You have made.
Praised be You my Lord through Sister Water,
So useful, humble, precious and pure.
Praised be You my Lord through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You my Lord through our Sister,
Mother Earth who sustains and governs us,
producing varied fruits with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praise be You my Lord through those who grant pardon
for love of You and bear sickness and trial.
Blessed are those who endure in peace,
By You Most High, they will be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord through Sister Death,
from whom no-one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin!
Blessed are they She finds doing Your Will.
No second death can do them harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks,
And serve Him with great humility.