“The dog is the most faithful of animals and would be much more esteemed if not so common. Our Lord God has made His greatest gifts the commonest.” - Martin Luther
I will never forget my wife’s words the day after I gave her two Yorkshire Terriers. She looked at me, with budding tears in her eyes, and said: “I love them so much.” She did (does) too! She loved (loves) them so much it breaks her heart, but it’s nothing like how they’ve loved her.
A couple of years later, we adopted a larger dog and was just as packed with goodness as the Yorkies. Then, later, we adopted an older dog with terrible habits, but he too was imbued with all the love, goodness, and loyalty of the others. All four of them forgive completely, love absolutely, and give without expectation.
Perhaps Martin Luther was on to something, that the Divine’s greatest gifts to humanity are buried in abundance. Dogs are one example, but also consider the air we breathe, the earth we walk upon, or the laughter of a child. The value of these (and all the others) is without measure, yet we deem them less in their abundance.
Maybe the Divine is hidden in things of abundance. In the air we breathe, in the laughter of a child, or the loyalty & love of a dog.