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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

A Prayer for SeaWorld Trainers and Zoo Trainers

Yesterday, Dawn Brancheau, a 40-year old SeaWorld trainer was killed by Shamu, the park’s captive killer whale. Please join us in prayer for Dawn’s family and friends in their time of loss and also pray for every trainer who works with animals at all SeaWorld locations and zoos across the country and the world.

Heavenly Father,

The words don’t come easily right now, but I still approach you asking for prayer. I come asking that you would be in the midst of Dawn Brancheau’s family and friends as they mourn her passing. May you comfort each family member and friend who will fondly remember Dawn in the weeks to come and weep because she is no longer with them. I pray that their weeping will only last for a moment and you would bring joy into their lives by remembering how much they loved Dawn. We thank you that you blessed Dawn with a heart for your creation and we pray that he spirit for training animals would live on through her fellow trainers at SeaWorld and all across the world. As SeaWorld continues to let their trainers interact with the animals, I pray for knowledge, wisdom, and discernment on the part of management and on the part of every person who has to closely interact with the animals. May each person who must come into contact with Shamu treat him with tender love and care. I know to some this is inconceivable and to many it seems like the appropriate thing to do would be to take him back to his natural environment–and while I agree with the latter sentiment–I do pray that as long as he is under the care at SeaWorld he would be treated well. I pray for protection for every worker at every zoo who has to work closely with animals who may attack them. May they remember that these animals are your blessed creation and always consider that in their care of the animals. In turn, may all of the animals be imbued with your love. May all hearts turn to prayer for Dawn Brancheau, her family and her friends as well as those who have passed due to similar circumstances and everyone who works at every SeaWorld and zoos across the world.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen

  • Natalie

    The killer whale was NOT Shamu in this incident. Do any of you know why the dorsal fins on caged whales are bent? My son did research on this when he was just a kid because we knew those intelligent animals could not be happy enclosed no matter HOW well they were treated. My son found out that a dorsal fin that is “bent” or “leaning” to the side, means the animal is depressed. Look at all of them…they’re all “bent”…how very, very sad! We don’t need “knowledge” so much that we keep these beautiful ocean animals in cages!!! They were meant to be free and they know it. We don’t need “knowledge” so much that we spend BILLIONS on space shuttles when those billions could house, feed, and supply medical care for ALL of our U. S. citizens!! We don’t need entertainment so much that we cage and train any animal you can think of for circuses…no wonder the animals retaliate…WE are the reason!!! Our prayer should be that we quit being the little “gods” on this earth we seem to like to be…toward animals and even other people who are of other races/ethnic groups rather than “just like us”…there is only one God and how it must sadden Him that were are not leaving these animals to enjoy their own natural habitats…and that we are not treating every other human being as brothers and sisters. We are going against His instructions in the Bible and we will reap what we sow.

  • mac

    well said Natalie!!!!

  • Your Name

    Every living creature have normal habitat to stay and live happily and die natural.Freedom rings all the time,all the world.

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