A Benediction for Our Britta:|
Our Father in Heaven and Lord of all Creation,
Thank you for the gift of Britta and for this memorial in remembrance of her life and the joy and blessings she brought to us.
As we say goodbye to her life here with us, we commit her spirit to your loving care. Set her free to run in the light of your sunshine for all eternity, In Jesus' name, Amen.
Today you are as you were in your youth.
You can run, jump, play and do all of the things
You left the love of your parents and now we pray, you are with our Father.
Pope John Paul II proclaimed that animals like little Britta possess a soul. The Pope said, "Animals exist primarily for God and belong to God. No human being can be justified in claiming absolute ownership of animals for the simple reason that God alone owns creation. The whole work of creation belongs to the plan of salvation."
According to Martin Luther, "In Paradise there is complete harmony between man and animals; one day again that harmony will be restored and all creation will be made anew as Christ will be in all and all."
In the Bible, God's word states the following promises:
Luke 3:6 "And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.'" (NKJ)
Psalm 36:6 "Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your judgments are like the great deep; you save humans and animals alike, O Lord. "(NRS)
Isaiah 65:25 "The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox, but dust will be the serpent's food. They will neither harm nor destroy on all my holy mountain, says the LORD. " (NIV)
Revelation 5:8-13 proclaims that all creatures recognize Jesus as the Savior of the world and praise God right along with redeemed men.
Psalm 145: 9-10,13,15-21 tells us that God loves all His creation and has made plans for all His children and the lesser creatures to enjoy His eternal Kingdom.
The Bible is mostly silent about the afterlife of animals, mainly because the Bible is written as a proclamation of the gospel and an instructional manual about the choices humans must make. Rather than attempt to address your presence in heaven directly, I'd like to raise a more practical question: What do you believe heaven is like? If you ask this question of most, you're likely to get a description of a glorious garden, filled with beautiful trees and colorful flowers, with sparkling waters and soft breezes. Very few of us imagine heaven as some sort of giant, sterile concrete parking lot, devoid of life. We base our image of heaven on the beauties of the creation that is Earth.
Does your garden have birds singing in those heavenly trees? Do butterflies flit among the divine flowers? Just as I can't imagine a heaven without plants, neither can I imagine one without animals. Whether animals have souls, I am convinced that there are animals in heaven. And if it is remotely possible to encounter heavenly pets amongst those heavenly flowers and trees, then perhaps it's not such a huge stretch to suppose that one of those might be little Britta.
I believe that God uses little pets like Britta to help humans learn about love. From Little Brittas, we learn mercy, compassion, patience, and understanding -- and we also learn what it means to receive unconditional love.
In the evening you would lie ready and impatient at the door
Your love for us was so rich and so unconditional
Sometimes you would show us your sweet teeth
I loved it when you would cuddle up against my leg at night
The internal pain, the hole, the deep cut from our lives is only offset
We pray that you are living the reward for all the rich blessings you were to us
You are God's creation in peace and our sweet little Britta forever.
We love you, Britta and your loss hurts.