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For the Love of All Creatures

Posted on: January 5, 2016

When reviewing my latest selection of favorite books, I realized that the majority of them were about animals. The books brought to mind an essay I wrote back in high school about how God cares for his creation. I’m sharing my essay here for your enjoyment. 

One day a reddish-brown squirrel darted out beside a car in the parking lot of the high school that I attended. The curious creature freely explored the area until some boys spotted it. Then the squirrel found itself having to dart from stomping feet and flee from hurtling stones. It tried to retreat back under the car, but the boys began to shoot objects under the car. The squirrel was allowed no peace. Even as it slumped to the ground, barely able to breathe, the boys weren’t content. They finished it off.

Did you know God loved that squirrel? But it’s such a tiny creature! Why would a squirrel matter to God? The Bible quotes Jesus as saying, “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And not one of them shall fall on the ground without your Father.” (Matthew 10:29) When the Bible referred to a sparrow, the term typically meant any small bird. Jesus used the sparrow to emphasize how God values even the most insignificant life.

What about snakes and spiders? Who could love them? Surely not God! Well, think about the donkey. This brutish animal doesn’t win awards, the way that the stately horse does, but Jesus didn’t use a horse to ride through Jerusalem on Palm Sunday the way royalty often did. Instead he used a common donkey. “Behold the King cometh unto thee and sitting on a donkey.” (Matthew 21:5)

It’s something to think about, isn’t it? God created and cares for all animals. (If you really think about, why would God make and love what He doesn’t like?) Just imagine. God who is big and all powerful cherishes not only the big and strong or cute and loveable, but even the tiny and insignificant animals.

“All creatures great and small. The Lord God made them all,” wrote Cecil Frances Alexander in her Hymns for Little Children. The Bible does not in any one verse declare, “God loves all animals, including butterflies, frogs, birds, dogs, and squirrels.” Scriptures however do show God’s love for all his creation.

The first chapter of Genesis includes an account of God creating the animals. Other portions of the Bible tell too of God’s care for animals.

  • Matthew 6:26: “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father cares for them.”
  •  Matthew 8:20: “The foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests.”
  • Psalms 104: 10-11, 14: He sends the springs into the valleys, which run along the hills. They give drink to every beast of the field. He causes the grass to grow for the cattle.
  • Psalm 104:18: The high hills are a refuge for wild goats.

Clearly, it hurts God to see a butterfly have its delicate wings ripped off its tender body, a frog pelted with stones, a bird plummet to the earth from a slingshot, or a dog being kicked. Shouldn’t we then, as God’s caretakers of the world, also love his creation?

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10 Responses to "For the Love of All Creatures"

So true, Allison! And such good reminder about our Wonderful and Loving Creator. Here is another excellent verse to add to your lovely collection: Proverbs 12:10 “The righteous one is caring for the soul of his domestic animal, but the mercies of the wicked ones are cruel.” We can see what category those boys who killed that poor squirrel fell in!!

Thank you for the verse from Proverbs! It makes very clear how God feels we as His people should act towards animals.

“For the Love of All Creatures” shows that your concern for animals goes back a long way. May God help you and bless you in your writing and other efforts in behalf of His many creatures.

Thank you. I suspect over the next weeks and months, a lot of my reading will focus on how to be a voice for animals.

I hate it when people, children or adults, mistreat animals. God created all creatures, including the animals, for a reason. We are to care for them. A writer friend gave me the nickname “bug lady” because I save butterflies, moths, praying mantis, and other insects from my cats. Like you said, the Bible shows God’s love for them. In my opinion, a person who harms an animal is capable of doing the same to people. Just saying. Lovely post.

My sister and I used to rescue earthworms and snails after a rainfall. The earthworms and snails would crawl out onto pavement. We moved them to grass so that they wouldn’t die.

Sometimes people just need education on how to treat others. At the same time, studies have shown that those who deliberately hurt animals often turn out to be our criminals.

I appreciate your visit! Thanks for the compliment on my post.

Nice review and commentary, Allison. I was reminded of the proverbial child’s prayer which asks for God’s protection and blessings on all the dogs and kitties and the birds and squirrels, ad infinitum. 🙂
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Thanks for the compliment! This essay is one that my writing teacher had encouraged me at the time to publish. Although I never did submit to any professional magazines, I thought my blog readers might enjoy it. 🙂

Those boys were awful to kill that squirrel. Shame on them. God loves all creatures.

Have a terrific day Allison. 🙂

Sadly, at the time, I didn’t have the courage to stand up to the boys. Now I would.

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