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matties mum
24th October 2006, 09:04 PM
God's Lent Pets

I'll lend you for a little while a pet of mine, God said
For you to love the while it lives and mourn for when it's dead
It may be ten or eleven years or even more you see
But will you "till I call it back" take care of it for me?
It'll bring its charms to gladden you and should its stay be brief
You'll always have the memories as solace in your grief.

I cannot promise it will stay since all from earth return
But there are lessons taught below I want this pet to learn
I've looked the whole world over in my search for teachers true
And from the folk that crowd life's lane I have chosen you
Now will you give it all your love and not think the labour vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take this lent Pet back again.

I fancy that I heard them say, "Dear God thy will be done
For all the joys this pet will bring the risk of grief we'll run
We will shelter it with tenderness, we'll love it while we may
And for all the happiness we've ever known we'll ever grateful stay
But should the Angels call him much sooner than we planned
We will brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand"

Aileen

Alison_Leighfield
24th October 2006, 10:24 PM
Fran,

that is lovely, thanks for sharing, :flwr:

Alison, Wilts, U.K.

arasara
25th October 2006, 03:43 AM
what a wonderful poem..

When my dog Xena died my dad told me that God's animals are always His animals - He just lends them to us to teach us new lessons and to make us happy and comfort us in our times of grief. I really believe that.

Thanks for sharing Aileen! :)

Cathy T
25th October 2006, 03:48 AM
what a wonderful poem..

When my dog Xena died my dad told me that God's animals are always His animals - He just lends them to us to teach us new lessons and to make us happy and comfort us in our times of grief. I really believe that.

Thanks for sharing Aileen! :)

Your dad sounds like a special man. I love that thought!