Rats Are Angels
One day, some angels went to God and asked if they might spend some time on Earth, to learn and perhaps to teach. He answered that some of the people might be frightened of the angels, that His children’s idea of beauty might not be His own. The angels replied that maybe those who could look past the differences deserved the blessings that they could give. But God was still concerned. The angels needed Heaven’s air to breathe; they would suffocate down on Earth. The angels promised to hold their breath as long as possible,and would return when they could not hold it anymore. God agreed and sent down the angels.
Many people were frightened of these creatures, despised them, and tried to kill them in large numbers. However, the few who recognized the angelic qualities in the beings took them in and sheltered and fed them. In return, they received more joy and laughter than they could possibly imagine. But alas, soon the angels could hold their breath no longer. After just a short time on Earth, they left to go back to Heaven. But they were sure to tell the next group of angels exactly who to seek out when they went down.
Lend Me A Rat
I will lend a rat to you - for awhile, God said.
For you to love her while she lives, and mourn her when she's dead.
Maybe for twelve or thirty months - Or maybe two or three.
But will you, 'til I call her back, take care of her for me?
She’ll bring her charms to gladden you; and should her stay be brief,
You'll always have her memories, as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth, return.
But there are lessons taught below, I want the rat to learn.
I've looked the whole world over, in search of teachers true.
And from the folk that crowd life's land, I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love, not think the labour vain,
Nor hate me when I come to you, to take my rat again?
Then it was that I said: 'Dear Lord, thy will be done.'
For all the joys the rat will bring, the risk of grief I'll run.
I'll shelter her with tenderness, I'll love her while I may.
And for the happiness I've known, forever grateful stay.
But should you think to call her back, much sooner than we'd planned,
I'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.
When her faithful soul departs the busy world of strife,
We'll have yet another rat, and love her all her life.
There is a bridge connecting heaven and earth
It is called Rainbow Bridge because of its many colors
Just this side of the Rainbow Bridge there is a land of meadows,
hills, valleys with lush green grass
When a beloved pet dies, the pet goes to this special place
There is always food and water and warm spring weather
The old and frail are young again
Those who are maimed are made whole again
They play all day with each other
There is only one thing missing
They are not with their special person who loved them on Earth
So each day they run and play until the day comes
When one suddenly stops playing and looks up!
The nose twitches!
The ears are up!
The eyes are staring!
And this one suddenly runs from the group!
When you have been seen, and when you and your special friend meet,
you take him or her into your arms and embrace
Your face is kissed again and again,
and you look once more into the eyes of your trusting pet
then you cross the rainbow bridge together, never again to be separated