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Oh, everyone, thank you so much for all your prayers a kind thoughts you have sent to me over this past awful week. Some of your prayers were so beautiful I want to – need to – share them with others. They have been a huge comfort.

John Dornheim alerted me to a lovely prayer that appears on the website of Gigi Beads that was written by Patricia Hauze. Scroll about halfway down the page – I cannot reprint it here without permission. And from a blog called More Or Less Church, John sent another link to some potent prayers. My favorite here is this one, which would also be great on a cruciform or Our Father bead:

O God, my Master
should I gain the grace
To see you face to face
when life is ended,
Grant that a little dog,
who once pretended
That I was God,
may see me face to face.
Amen.

Another faithful reader, Mare, wrote, “”When my beloved friend Zebedee died, I found this card that made me feel . . . better. Its said, ‘When a beloved dog must leave us, it is only to sleep at God’s feet.'”

And reader Barbara K. shared this thought, from Miester Eckhart: “A man who knew nothing but creatures would never need to attend to any sermons, for every creature is full of God and is a book.” I would say is my Bella in sentence.

In addition, I have found some other wonderful resources that have helped me. Beliefnet.com is -coincidentally – offering a pet loss feature this week, some of which I found very sensitive. Check out the gallery of departed pets, and especially look at Sadey’s profile, where her owner contributes a prayer I wish I had been able to say over Bella:

“Heavenly Father, creator of all things, thank you for having entrusted with us a loyal pet. Thank you for letting her teach us unselfish love. Thank you for the memories that we may recall to help brighten our days for the rest of our lives. Finally, in gratitude we return our pet to you. Amen.”

And here’s a nice one, from Beliefnet’s Multifaith Pet Prayers page:

“Eternal Spirit, we bring you our grief in the loss of Bella and ask for courage to bear it. We bring you our thanks for Bella who lived among us and gave us freely of her love. We commit our friend and companion Bella into your loving hands. Give us eyes to see how your love embraces all creatures and every living thing speaks to us of your love. Amen.”

I am going to use that one on the cruciforms and/or Our Father beads and then I am going to say the following on the weeks/decades beads, one repetition for each bead. It was written by Thomas a Kempis:

“And if thy heart be straight with God, then every creature shall be to thee a mirror of life and a book of doctrine, for there is no creature so little or so vile, but that showeth and represententh the goodness of God. ”

At Ritualwell.org, a Jewish Reconstructionist resource, I found a kaddish prayer for animals that immediately reduced me to a puddle. You can read it here. It was the part about “Make a space beside You where he can sleep. A little place will do. He is small” that completely ruined me. I think this could easily be adapted to prayer beads.

That’s all for now. I am still having trouble just getting through the day, let alone writing. It’s been one week today.

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