Today is the day of the feast of St Francis of Assisi. In recognition of that, we celebrate the Blessing of the Animals, and re-tell the story of creation with that in mind. While the Bible does not give us the scientific explanation of how the earth and creatures came to be, it DOES tell of the relationship of that web of life, plants, animals, sea creatures, winged creatures, and indeed all life in its dependence on everything around it. Oh, yes, and that includes us. Life in our world is a blessing.