If I Lost Everything
If I lost everything I had
Tomorrow or today,
Would I sit and talk a while
Or simply fade away?
Would I still trust the unseen Hand
Or would I lose my way
If everything I knew and loved was gone
In a second or a day?
Would I turn to earthly pleasures
Or seek rest where it can be found
If all my dreams at once were shattered
And I lay broken on the ground?
If all the ones I loved
At once just vanished from my sight,
Would I push on through the pain
Or would I seek to end my life?
Would you still be there with me, friend
If I sunk into despair,
Or would you turn your back and leave me
Struggling just to breathe the air?
Could Grace and Mercy be enough
Or would I simply see
Them as broken old religion
And a painful mockery?
Would Love at once be skewed
Or could I keep my head on straight
If my life’s familiarity
Left me screaming at the gate?
Could I press on? Would I press on?
Or simply vegetate
If everything I know would disappear
In some twisted act of fate?
If all I hoped would never come true
Appeared before my eyes,
Would I try to turn some stones to bread
Or trust Him Who paints the skies?
I pray that I could truly say
“He gives and takes away”
Instead of turning my back on Him
Who puts breath in my lungs today.
I pray also for you, my friend.
Consider what you would do
If, by chance, instead of me,
All this happened to you.