By Eileen Gilmer, Associate Pastor
“A dog has the soul of a philosopher.” – Plato
It is with a heavy (but very grateful) heart I share the news that we have had to say goodbye to our beloved Biscuit. He was more than our family pet; he was Trinity’s mascot, the church office’s unofficial welcoming committee, shredder of all things cardboard, and a columnist for The Spire. Biscuit was indeed quite talented at answering questions sent to him by our Sunday School children—a feat unmatched by most Yellow Labradors. He accomplished a lot during his 13-and-a-half years. He certainly freely gave tail wags and kisses at an above-average rate.
Biscuit was even known to make an appearance during the Sunday morning children’s message and at our PDO preschool chapel time. If you have children who remember Biscuit, this is a great opportunity to share with them the importance in celebrating all that God has given us, including our much-loved pets. This would also be a good chance to read to them the creation stories in Genesis, emphasizing the inclusion of animals in God’s plan and the importance of caring for them.
Another message about God’s love for animals is found in Isaiah 11:6-9. We read of the harmony that is to come in God’s peaceable kingdom when the “wolf will live with the lamb and the leopard will lie down with the goat.” John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, discusses the importance of animals in God’s world in the present and beyond. In his Sermon 60, “The General Deliverance,” Wesley preaches that God’s love for creation will be revealed one day when everything made by God (people, animals and nature) will be fully restored and made whole.
A woman once asked Rev. Billy Graham if she’ll get to see her dog in heaven. Here’s what he had to say: “Heaven will be a place of perfect happiness for us—and if we need animals around us to make our happiness complete, then you can be sure God will have them there.” Amen, Rev. Graham. Amen.