Millions of people today live with a dog, cat, or other domestic animal that's considered not just a pet, but a family member. Many of these same people bring their animals for a blessing at their church each year near the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, sensing that there is something sacred in their relationship.
In All God's Creatures, Farrington explores what it means to live in a godly relationship with domestic animals. Just as God covenanted with Noah and all the animals when the flood waters receded, Farrington argues that we live in a covenantal relationship with those animals we bring into our homes, creatures that God created and called good. In this simple and practical book she examines what that relationship means in terms of the everyday life of an animal. Prayers and simple rituals for celebrating the animals, as well as suggestions for congregational blessings of the animals, are included.