My dog Jake likes to lie on his back in the grass with all four feet in the air when he is totally relaxed. He knows all his needs will be met. He trusts us to feed him, pet him, and even give him belly rubs. He has no need to worry, except to maybe get a little nervous when it�s bath time. When he�s scared from a thunderstorm or a really loud noise, he leans as close to us as he can until the danger passes. He loves us unconditionally, no matter what. We love him just as much.
He shows us love in return. He waits patiently at the front door, not for food or treats, but for the chance to lick our feet or hands when we come outside. If you let him, he would even get in your lap, although he is much too big to be a lap dog. He tries to protect us and our house from evil creatures, such as squirrels and rabbits, which he loves to chase. I thank God he gives us pets to be loving members of our family.
The Bible says that we should not worry, because God takes care of the flowers and the birds. Many birds and flowers are very beautiful, as each was created for a purpose. Yet, even the smartest birds do not live as long as humans. A delicate flower may last only a couple of weeks before it dies. As humans, we are the only ones with the privilege to become one of God�s children. God says he will take care of us because we are much more valuable to Him than any other creation.
We are special parts of God�s family, just as our pets are special members of our human family. We are the only creatures that can talk to God in prayer and be admitted to heaven. We also have the privilege to ask for forgiveness, knowing that even when we make a mistake or do something bad, God still loves us. We are the only ones made in the image of our heavenly Father. We are given the promise that God will never leave us, so we will never be lonely.
Just as my dog likes to show us love and affection, we should show God love and praise for all the amazing things he�s done for us. Be sure to thank God for all the good things He�s given you.
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