Every morning after I get up, I take a few minutes to just be with and play with my dogs, T.J. and Maggie. They are special dogs, at least to Kathy and me. We love them. Sometimes they can be pests, but can't we all? For the most part, they are really pretty smart and I could learn a few things from them. Perhaps these are some of the lessons I should take from them:
When loved ones come home, always run to greet them. Never pass up the opportunity to go for a joyride. Allow the experience of fresh air and the wind in your face to be pure ecstasy.
When it's in your best interest practice obedience. Let others know when they've invaded your territory. Take naps and stretch before rising. Run romp and play daily.
Thrive on attention and let people touch you. Avoid biting, when a simple growl will do. On warm days stop to lie on your back in the grass. On hot days drink lots of water and lay under a shady tree.
When you do the happy dance, wag your entire body.
No matter how often you're scolded, don't buy into the guilt thing and pout,
run right back and make friends.
Delight in the simple joy of going for a walk.
Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you have had enough. Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you're not.
If what you want lies buried, dig it up until you find it. When someone is having a bad day, be silent …sit close by....and nuzzle them gently.
I could probably use a few more lessons! Maybe we could all take a few lessons from our pets.
I hope to see you this Sunday, January 23, 2022 at 10:30 AM, The Third Sunday after the Epiphany. I will let you know through Facebook if there are any changes to our Service because of inclement weather, ie. if only on Facebook and not on YouTube. If you have not yet received the bulletin via Facebook, a copy is in the file below on Facebook. With many blessings, keep warm. Fr. Bill+