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Blessings Upon Blessings

Probably the most fun I've ever had at work ... Blessing the animals on St. Francis Day (October 4). We gathered on the lawn in front of The Upper Room Chapel. We blessed pets from the neighborhood and pets of staff people. We blessed pictures printed out and pulled up on phones. We blessed the dogs of people just walking by.

From our first guests at 4:00 p.m. (a 40-lb. tortoise named Barnes and a very brave cat named Freddie) to the folks who ran a red light to get here before we closed at 6:00, blessings were given and received.

Bless this creature,

Fashioned by the holy one

From the glimmer of stars

And the music of angels.

Bless this creature

And the human one

Who shares its life.

Bless this home.

Bless this life.

Bless this wonder.

Bless this love.

Bless this creature.

- Beth A. Richardson

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