Dog Stories: Sermon Illustrations (sans sermon)

We have a dog, MoMo, a fully grown (all of 17 pounds) miniature pinscher adopted from the Humane League. MoMo has a pleasant demeanor–except when he’s not in the mood–and I like him best at night when he curls up next to me on the couch while I watch tv.

Having a pet (like having kids) lends itself to experiencing an abundance of everyday moments that could be great sermon illustrations: little truths and observations that have great parallels to the life of faith…if only I would bother to develop them in a sermon.

Instead, I’m putting them in blog form. “Dog Stories” are open for your own interpretation and spiritual reflection!


MoMo wears a harness around his chest when we walk, with the leash clipped onto the harness at his shoulder blades. When MoMo lunges forward against the harness–inevitably at the sight of a squirrel–I can feel, amazingly, through the harness and pulsating along the taut leash, his pounding heartbeat in the palm of my hand.

How do you understand and sense the Spirit’s presence with you, so close that She can feel your heartbeat?

Are you aware of and careful with your connection to all people, to all sisters and brothers? Aware of their heartbeats? Careful with the ways that you may pull or strain others?