Thank you, Father God, for people who defend and protect animals. Thank you for their compassion, dedication, and hard work.

Forgive us, Lord, for all the times we exploited and harmed animals without thought or care. Forgive us for not being a voice for them, for not protecting them from unnecessary suffering.

Open our eyes to see the cruelty of our actions towards animals. Soften our hardened hearts with compassion so that we may humbly and lovingly care for all your created beings.

And soften our hearts (especially mine) towards those with whom we disagree and towards those who inflict harm. Help us remember that we all need your mercy. Send us showers of mercy. For your name’s sake, we pray.

By Lisa Ervin
~ 11 July 2018 ~