Just a Pause

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Where do dogs go when they lay down and die?

When paws become limp and life runs from each eye;

When whimpers run out and each tail comes to rest,

While most masters bawl as they stroke at their chest;

Where do dogs go after saying goodbye?

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Where do cats go when their tails have no play?

When purrs have all silenced and meows have no say;

When paws stretch or droop as their bodies seize death,

While owners cry tears on their chests with no breath;

Where do cats go when their lives pass away?

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I believe in that moment, God stretches His hand,

And brings them all home to a beautiful land;

Where each is restored and is young every day,

With joy in their hearts as they run and they play –

Where they frolic in fields or they walk in the sand.

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I believe God will keep them and let them abide,

As they all wait the day that we rise to His side;

When we hug our Lord Jesus and families we love,

While we sing hymns of praise to our Father above –

Where the smiles are eternal and the tears have all dried.

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And as we walk on God will let His gifts pour,

As we see our dogs run with our cats from the shore;

They will all come right to us as they bark, purr, and greet,

While each takes their turn licking our hands and our feet;

It’s a place in our future that we all have in store.

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By Paul Ray

05/22/2017

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