I was wondering about Adam and Eve. Adam named all the creatures. Did they have pets? Did they have a dog that would always greet them when they rounded the corner after being away for awhile? Did the dog bark at silly things and drool watching them eat? Did they get attached to any of the animals before the fall? And if so, after their sin, when they had to watch an animal suffer and die, did it fill them with the same pain and grief?
Every time we go through this over the years of pet ownership, I read once again the passage in Romans 8:19-21, "For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God."
This passage gives me hope that one day all these creatures will be delivered from the bondage of corruption, from the effects of sin, and they too will no longer suffer and die. Even so, LORD, come.
---posted by Queen Lucy