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Last Thursday afternoon, Keith recorded a church devotion to live stream Friday morning. Upon playback, he realized our dog Heathcliff had gotten into the act.

Here’s the script and video of his unscripted moment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuCMuyxKVt0


Keith: Good morning my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus! My name is Keith Kenny. We come together for a devotional thought from the Word of our Lord and prayer. Let’s begin by gathering in the name of our God: In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

The Word of the LORD for us this morning is from the Gospel according to Matthew, “Immediately [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat by this time was a long way from the land, beaten by the waves, for the wind was against them. And in the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea. But when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, ‘It is a ghost!’ and they cried out in fear. But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.’

And Peter answered him, ‘Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.’ He said, ‘Come.’

[Heathcliff gets up and heads to the stairs off screen.]

Keith: So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, ‘Lord, save me.’

[Heathcliff shakes, and we hear the sound of his collar tags.]

Keith: Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, ‘O you of little faith, why did you doubt?’ And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the boat worshiped him, saying, ‘Truly you are the Son of God’” (Matt. 14:22-33).

KeithandHeathcliff050820[Heathcliff walks to Keith’s left, stands, and wags his tail.]

Keith: Often our prayers spell out our petitions in great detail. We ask for successful surgeries, quick recoveries, safety in storms or financial miracles. We want our heavenly Father to know, and rightly so, every detail of our hopes and fears. With the psalmist we say, “I pour out my soul” (Ps. 42:4)…

[Heathcliff lies down on the dog bed to Keith’s right and settles for the duration of the video.]


“Come, save me, Son of God.”

Heathcliff, old and arthritic, listening and faithful to his master.