September 9, 2006


my dog lays trap-wise across my path

solicitous, he moves out of my way

when I pass by in darkness


moments after I write these words

I trip over my unmoving friend.


yet even this dog reflects Your glory

pleasing in his little way

he who has his care

taking food and pleasure from my hand

giving in return devotion


as should I

to you



Mac used to say:

“A dog can teach a man a lot about loving God”

then going on to enumerate these qualities:


Faithful. Devoted. Adventurous. Reliant. Adoring.


Sometimes I think that if we were a little more like dogs

wed be a lot more like Christ.


My Dog lays Trap-Wise
A poem by Peter Rhebergen

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