Friday, December 13, 2019

The Love of Animals at Christmas Time: An Angel Message

Today on our way to the post office, five wild turkeys crossed our path.  Turkey represents thanksgiving and abundance.  A reminder that no matter what is going on in our lives, the challenges we may be facing, or those of a loved one, the loss of a job, a relationship ending, a health issue, it is good to remember that these things have come to pass not to stay, and in hindsight we will be grateful that these experiences have  made us stronger in the long run. It's always a thrill to meet up with wild turkeys on the road, and to be thankful for all the good we presently have--so much to be thankful for.

Christ's  birth is closely associated with the animal kingdom.  Mary journeyed to Bethlehem on the back of a donkey.  The baby Jesus was born in a manger.  The wise men journeyed on camels to bring gifts to the Bethlehem babe.  Dogs watched over the shepherds' flocks by night when the angels brought glad tidings of great joy. 

Our furry family members, with their warm unconditional love, add to the celebration of Christmas.  It is interesting to note that Saint Francis of Assisi (Patron Saint of Animals) is credited with creating the first nativity scene in 1223, a live one.  

Listed below are 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