Rather than take this video as a "love your neighbor" and "get in touch with your friends" message, perhaps we really ought to think of our Savior's restoration of us and all of His creation begun in His death and resurrection. Not only does this video remind me of that news story of a lion hugging its benefactor (see my March 14 post), but once again it instills that healthy longing for our Lord's new creation when the lion shall lie down with the lamb, etc. It also reminds me of Luther's delightful speculation about Adam before the fall into sin:
"I am fully convinced that before Adam's sin his eyes were so sharp and clear that they surpassed those of the lynx and eagle. He was stronger than the lions and the bears, whose strength is very great; and he handled them the way we handle puppies. Both the loveliness and the quality of the fruits he used as food were also far superior to what they are now" ("Lectures on Genesis," Luther's Works, American Edition, vol. 1, p. 62).And, I suppose I must say this: this video does lead me to appreciate - I guess - the loving mauling that my little Beagles often give, jumping up on my lap, getting right in my face, and smothering me with licks. Yes, that too gives a glimpse of our Lord's restored creation (even if I do have to go wash my face afterward, because, yes, I do know where those tongues have been and what they may have eaten in the backyard! :-).