Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Love of Animals at Christmas Time: An Angel Message

Yesterday while out for a drive, we spotted four wild turkeys foraging in the clearing!  Turkey represents thanksgiving, and this is a wonderful time of the year to be grateful for all of our blessings.  Even those things that are difficult to face bring a gift of spiritual growth if we allow it.  The indwelling Christ and the angels are with us every step of the way bringing love, peace, healing, and compassion.

Christ's  birth is closely associated with the animal kingdom.  Mary made her journey to Bethlehem on a donkey.  The baby Jesus was born in a manger.  The wise men journeyed on camels to bring gifts.  Dogs watched over the shepherd's flocks. Our furry friends, with their warm unconditional love, are part of the joyful celebration of Christmas.  Saint Francis of Assisi (Patron Saint of Animals) is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223.  A live one! 

Enjoy this list I found on-line of the many different animals included as part of the Christmas stories told through the years. 

Bees - hummed a Christmas carol.

Beetle - became a glow worm and its light guided travelers.

Cat - appeared, but disdained to join the kneeling beasts and only mumbled in recognition. Amused at its independence, Mother Mary blessed it, saying that it would always live at man's hearth, but never be man's servant.

Camels -  represented religious traditions.

Cow - donated her fresh hay to Mary for the Baby's bed and warmed the Child with her breath.

Doves - cooed Jesus to sleep.

Nightingale - had never sung before that night, but the choir of angels roused it and the bird caroled with them.

Owl - did not rouse itself to join its fellow animals and was condemned to perpetual penance, hiding by day and by night, crying "Who will guide me to the new born? Who? Who?"

Robin - fanned the fire in the cave of Bethlehem and kept it burning throughout the night. Its red breast singed by the flames became its mark of generosity.

Rooster - crowed all night.

Sheep - gave Mary the wool to weave a soft blanket.

Stork - plucked its own feathers to soften the infant's bed and so remained the patron of babies ever after.

Today why not take time to appreciate the magnificence of all God's creatures?   Pay special attention to any unusual encounters that cross your path. What were they doing when you noticed them.  The angels speak through nature, and await the joy of your rebirth. 

 I'm off to fill up the bird feeder.

Enjoy your day with the Angels.

Love and joyful blessings,

Rae Karen