A Poem ( may need tissue )
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"
cavaliers at the bridge Mattie and Rocky & Sam & Jake
Better to light a candle for one lost dog than to curse the darkness of man's indifference. Saving just one dog won't change the world but it surely will change the world for that one dog.