A Loan From God
God promised at the birth of time, a special friend to give,
His time on earth is short He said, so love him while he lives.
It may be six or seven years, or twelve or then sixteen,
but love him till I call him back, take care of him for Me.
A wagging tail, a cold wet nose, and silken velvet ears,
A heart as big as all outdoors,to love you through the years.
His puppy ways will gladden you, and antics bring a smile,
As guardian or friend he will be loyal, all the while.
He'll bring his charms to grace your life, and though his stay be
When he's gone the memories are
solace for your grief.
I cannot promise
he will stay, as all from earth return,
lessons only a dog can teach, I want you each to learn.
Whatever love you give to him, returns in triple measure,
Follow his lead and gain a life, brim full of simple pleasure.
Enjoy each day as it comes, allow your heart to guide,
Be loyal and steadfast in love, as the dog there by your side.
Now will you will give him all your love, nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call, to take him back again?
I fancy each of us would say " Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joy this day shall bring, the risks of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may,
And for the happiness we've known, for ever grateful stay.
But shall the angels call for him, much sooner than we'd planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand."