Missouri Synod Church in Downtown Memphis

A Homily of Pets

A Homily of Pets

“Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?” ~Luke 12:24-26

Martin Luther once confessed that, though he’d heard his fair share of excellent preachers, there was one who stood out in his mind as far and away the best. There was one preacher who just seemed to bring the Gospel home more than any other. He was, Luther confessed, the little red robin who perched outside his bedside window.

Daily, he quipped, Luther would lay out some crumbs on the windowsill – usually at night – and his little preacher would spring up to eat his daily supply. From there, he would usually hop to the nearest tree branch, raise his voice to heaven in thanksgiving to God, tuck his little head under his wing, and drift off into peaceful sleep, leaving tomorrow to worry about itself.

20130303-204549.jpgMy family just got home from a wonderful family BBQ at the home of one of our members at Trinity. They just brought a new dog into their family and wanted her blessed – one of, I feel the need to add, my favorite things in the world to do – and it got me thinking not only about the joy our pets bring into our lives, but also about the wonderful preachers they turn out to be as we care for them day in and day out.

LuLu, like our beloved cat, Bellatrix Lestrange, is a purely domesticated beast who wouldn’t last a day if left to fend for herself. She needs someone to take care of her, she needs someone to look after her, to supply her “daily bread.” Truth be told, as children of God, we’re not so different. We too need the Almighty to take care of us, we too need the Lord to look after us, to supply our daily bread as we pray Him to in the Lord’s Prayer. What a wonderful and blessed sermon our pets deliver to us each and every day!

So, as you hug your pets tonight – knowing with such joy they fulfill their vocations and bring happiness into our homes – let us listen also to the message that they bring; a message of peace, of devotion and joy, and ultimately of utter reliance and dependence on the Lord who provides for our every need of body and soul. They are indeed the best preachers in the world!

~ Pastor Josh