“Have you noticed the woman who brings her dog to church,” someone asked me.
“No,” I answered. I did not react well to hearing the information. Much public news seems to center around”It’s all about me” people who do what they want without a concern for others. Besides that, a Christian church represents the body of Christ, a sacred place.
Afterward, a counter-thought came to mind. After arrival, Mary placed Jesus in a manger (a feeding trough for domestic animals). The Son of God sheltered among domestic animals (in their house), a vulnerable, but secure newborn. How can we not welcome a domestic animal today in the house of the Lord, his house. Yet, a problem may detract from such welcome.
As I understand it, the woman has aged to the point that she barely can come to worship at our church. The creature has become her strength, her source of courage about leaving her house for any purpose. She’s passed the point of reason about whether her dog can go where she goes. If the dog cannot go, then she won’t.
After I heard about the woman and her dog, many church services have happened, yet I have not located her. Someone said that she arrives late, just before the beginning of the service, she sits in the last pew, and that she places the dog at her feet in order to stand and to clap her hands during the singing portions of the church services.
“From habit, the dog shakes itself only after she places it in her feet,” someone said. “If you listen carefully, you might hear its tiny chain and label rattle. Otherwise, you will not know, for the dog never makes a sound.”
Just as in any public place, at a restaurant, at the theater, in your kid’s school play, on a cruise ship, in an airplane, owners, Coral Springs Wildlife Removal managers, and members have increasingly permitted patrons’ animals. Some do this conditionally. Those animals admitted may not rattle a tiny chain and lay quietly in their owner’s feet. Society has become ever more political and vocal, and doesn’t seem to tolerate exceptions. Allow one wee dog in church and the staff will risk a dilemma when dozens of puppies attend church with their owners.