GOD’S LENT CHILD
“I’ll lend you for a little while,
a child of mine God said,
for you to love him while he lives
and mourn for when he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years,
or forty-two or three,
but will you, ‘till I call him back,
take care of him for me?
He’ll bring his charms to gladden you
and should his stay be brief,
you’ll always have his memories
as a solace for your grief.
I cannot promise he will stay
since all from earth return,
but there are lessons taught below
I want this child to learn.
I’ve looked this whole world over
in my search for teachers true
and from the folks that crowd life’s lane, I have chosen you.
Now will you give him all your love
nor think the labour vain,
or hate me when I come to take
this lent child back again?
I fancied that I heard him say,
dear Lord Thy will be done,
for all the joys Thy child will bring,
the risk 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,
forever grateful stay.
But should the Angels come for him
much sooner than we’ve planned,
we’ll have the bitter grief that comes,
and try to understand.”