A Prayer from Albert Schweitzer

     I know very little about Albert Schweitzer, the great humanitarian who spent many years working in Africa.  But this prayer embodies the great kindness and empathy I associate with him.  It is so important, I think, to extend compassion beyond humanity, to the other animals with whom we share the planet.  We humans are often too quick to assume that because animals are different from humans, they do not experience emotions.–April Moore

     Hear our humble prayer, O God, for our friends the animals, especially for animals who are suffering, for any that are hunted or lost, or deserted or frightened or hungry, for all that must be put to death.  We entreat for them all thy mercy and pity and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words.  Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful.

2 Responses to “A Prayer from Albert Schweitzer”

  1. Gail Says:

    Scchweitzer said many stunningly beautiful things. My mental picture of him from lessons in school didn’t include the spiriitual side of hiim. so every time I run across one of his quotes it’s a wake up call for remembering that people aren’t what they do, they are their heart.

  2. Judy Says:

    This is one of the most moving prayers for animals that I have ever read. Thank you for sharing it with us.

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