Popular animal characters such as Lassie, Benji, and Mickey indicate a universal interest in animals. Christians from ancient times have seen a religious significance in this interest. Saint Francis of Assisi expressed this in his hymn, "All creatures of our God and king." The story of Elijah and the raven has the same concern.
When we learn to love life in its many forms, then we will be better able to love life in its human form. Conservation of wildlife is akin to love and concern for human life. the famed Frank Laubach stated that one who cannot curb his foot from kicking a dog may someday be guilty of abusing people.
How does a pet animal help a person?
How do you treat other people? young children?
PRAYER: Help us to remember, O God, that you love not only people but also all other creatures. - AMEN!