June: The Animals Teach Us
“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” Winnie-the-Pooh
We can learn a lot from animals. When we take time to watch and observe the animals around us and in our world, we realize they have much to teach us about life. For example, from dogs we might learn to be loyal, compassionate, and loving. From cats we might learn to be independent, strong, and calm. From birds we might learn to pause and enjoy their beautiful songs.
Animals are all around us and show us the possibilities life holds for creation. They give us the opportunity to be thankful, especially for the animals that bless our lives. Whether a household pet, a neighbors dog, the bird in your garden or the animals you visit at the zoo. In the coming week, we invite your family to take time to say thank you to God for the gift of animals in our world.
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In God’s hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all humankind.
Job 12: 7-10
1) What is your favorite animal and why?
2) In what ways can we treat animals with kindness?
3) What can we learn from animals?
Family Activity: Blessing Game
It’s time to be a detective! Your child’s mission is to observe an animal they see everyday. It can be your family pet or even a squirrel in the garden. Their mission is to observe the animal and learn 5 things. What does that animal eat? What does it do? Where does it go and how does it get there? How fast or slow is it? What is one word you would use to describe that animal?
Then have your child make that animal’s profile. Your child should include:
- An illustration of the animal
- The name of the animal
- One word to describe the animal
- One thing you learned from the animal. (ex: I learned how to listen from the bird)
All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all.
God gave us eyes to see them, And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty, Who has made all things well. Amen.
Tricia Guerrero (right)
Director of Children and Youth Ministries
(310) 393-8258 ext. 104
Jamie Jones (left)
Children and Family Ministry Intern