Devotion for a Dead or Dying Pet

Devotion for a Dead or Dying Pet

Leader: Let us sing to the Lord a new song;

All: a song for all the creatures of the earth.

Leader: Let us rejoice in the goodness of God

All: shown in the beauty of all things.

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be
revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God; for the
creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope
that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory
of the children of God.”
– Romans 8:18-21

“I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away. And he
shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the
throne said, Behold I make all things new. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”
– Revelation 21:1, 4-5a, 6

Dear God;
This we know: every living thing is yours and returns to you. As we ponder this mystery we give you
thanks for the life of ________________ and we now commit him/her into your loving hands. Gentle
God: fragile is your world, delicate are your creatures, and costly is your love which bears and redeems
us all. Holy Creator, give us eyes to see and ears to hear how every living thing speaks to us of your love.
Let us be awestruck at your creation and daily sing your praises. Especially, create within us a spirit of
gratitude for the life of this beloved pet who has lived among us and given us freely of his/her love. Even
in our sorrow we have cause for joy for we know that all creatures who died on earth shall live again in
your new creation. Amen.

St. Margret’s Episcopal Church
Little Rock, Arkansas