Creator God, Source of All, we know that you delight in creatures as diverse as angelfish and zebras, for we, made in your image, do too. Remind us that as images of you, we also are creators, responsible for shaping a world where oysters and ocelots and all animals can flourish. Guide and bless our creative efforts, we pray, that we may cherish and serve cranes and crawfish, chipmunks and caribou, and all the spectacular diversity of life that abides in the waters, on the land, and in the air. Amen.
(This prayer/poem is from We Thank You, God, for These: Blessings and Prayers for Family Pets by Anthony F. Chiffolo and Rayner W. Hesse, Jr. Available from Paulist Press.)