And this morning in the quiet day, one of her beloved rabbits died.
And her eyes tear-filled, she took up a broom and cleaned up the place where the little bunny made her home these last 5 or so years.
My Mama loves rabbits, any living creature, really. And she keeps her bunnies in the house, litter-box-trained, near the chair where she sits and she reads.
And she holds one of her rabbits at night, the one with the chewed-off ear, she holds him and she rocks him and she reads and she loves.
Two rabbits now; she used to have three, and we use a child's play-yard so that they can each have their turn "coming out" from their cages each day.
She talks to them and she spoils them and she buys them special treats and she worries over them when they are sick and she loves.
But one of her house bunnies died today--her favorite one, the soft gray bunny with the wide eyes and the gentle, peaceful heart.
Some people think that it's silly to love a rabbit.
But I don't.
And in some mysterious way, I believe that creation itself will be redeemed in the last day, the creation that groans, the creation that suffers now--
The birds and beasts and trees and flowers destroyed, tainted by the Fall--
I believe that creation itself will be redeemed.
My Mama hinted at this to a woman once - said that she might see her dying pet again one day--
And the woman looked at her sharp and with a jagged eye barked that her theology was faulty.
And I think now - What about John Piper and Elisabeth Elliot and George MacDonald and C.S Lewis - They all believe in the redemption of creation itself - Is their theology tainted?
Or do they see with a clearer eye?
Maybe we just need new eyes . . .
Eyes and hearts that love His creation, because we love the Creator--
My Mama loves her rabbits--
And loving them, loves Him.