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Dear Friends in Christ,

One of my favourite verses in the Psalms is 104:27, which in the Book of Common Prayer is rendered:

There move the ships,
and there is that Leviathan,
which you have made for the sport of it.

The idea that God made sea monsters just for the fun of it creates an image so delightful as to make me smile every time I read it.

Every October we hold a “Blessing of the Animals” at church. There will be a poignancy this year to the proceedings, as we will miss our stalwart “St Francis,” Chuck Hill. There is a comfort and delight in knowing that a God who creates sea serpents for fun embraces each of us, and our companions, in love and joy, both in the world that we know and in the regions of God’s mercy we have yet to encounter.

Last year, for the first time, we invited the animals to come to church either for our principal morning service, or for their own dedicated time in the afternoon. The sight of a church pew occupied by a furry friend might be a surprise to some – but the God who created sea monsters for the sheer joy of it, I think, enjoys the edge of chaos that invites us to surprise, delight, and laughter.

There is more to God’s creation than we can contain within our walls, within our sight, within our own experience. Broadening the scope of our own lives, love, and companionship to bless and to receive blessings from those other creatures whom God has made to delight in only expands our knowledge of the God in whose image we are made; an image that has fun watching even the sea monsters frolic.


Rosalind +