This month's blog post comes to us from Fr. Steven Lane, Priest in Charge at St. Phillip's Episcopal Church in Buffalo, NY. Before becoming a priest, Fr. Lane owned a pet store for more than 30 years.
There are many ways to approach the Holy, imitable God. There are many for whom a pet is the best example of a living god in their lives. Dogs, in particular, are always happy to see us, they love unconditionally, and they are non-judgmental. My personal approach to God was through pets. Before I was ordained as an Episcopal Priest, I owned and operated a pet store. It was a different kind of pastoral occupation. In addition to the “work” of running a business, I had the opportunity of helping people with their pets. There are many people for whom their pet is the most important person in their lives.
Giving a dog a treat can, for many, be the highlight of the day for both the one giving and the one receiving it. Giving a treat that makes a difference can only enhance that interaction. During the time I owned the store, we had the opportunity to help support pet pantry operations. When I first heard
about them, I thought they were silly, that we should be feeding people not pets. But I learned differently. There are many, not just a few, but many, people that live on the edge that also own a pet. For them, the pet is not a luxury, it is the one faithful constant companion. For someone in this situation, their pet will get fed before they do. If the money runs short, they will forgo buying food for
themselves in order to have food for their pet.
Father Bernard’s Blessed Biscuits fits right into the middle of this. Its production and distribution help serve the Lord. Those who but them are giving a heavenly treat to one of the most important people in their lives. Service takes many forms and a biscuit shape is by no means the least of these.