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Monday, August 13, 2012

a pastor learns from a dog

From a book dated 1902 titled Our Devoted Friend: The Dog 
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Rev. Dr. George Leon Walker, the late able and beloved pastor of my old church in Hartford, Conn., the First or Centre Church, said to his people in May, 1891, in a sermon on Our Humble Associates: "I have been the possessor of the affection of two dogs, as unlike one another, though of the same nominal breed, as any two men. And when I think of the big heart and boundless passionate love which one of those two creatures gave me, I count it one of the great mistakes, yea, sins of my life that I allowed a friend of mine in a great city to take him to keep awhile, when he mourned for me, as I afterward learned, with constant and inconsolable sorrow, and was finally hopelessly lost, I doubt not in unavailing effort to find me again. I hope no one here will smile when I say, solemnly, that the pain of that poor heart has lain upon me for near twenty years a remorse and a burden."

Author: Mrs. Sarah Knowles Bolton, published in Boston by L.C. Page & Company, pages 324-325.  I think I have found a picture of this good Reverend here.

1 comment:

parlance said...

How lovely that a presumably Christian pastor could preach like this. Even though I'm actually a Christian myself, I blame Judeo-Christian teaching for causing us to divorce ourselves from the natural world and think we are separate and more important.