What If … ?
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    “What If … ?” Friend, Sept. 1996, 22

    What If … ?

    If a mouse would ride to church

    In your pocket on this day,

    What might he tell his family

    That he heard you do or say?

    Would he tell them you were reverent,

    And you listened to your teacher?

    Or would he say he’d never seen

    Such a noisy creature?

    Would he tell them how he loved the songs

    You sang so sweet and clear?

    Or would he groan from all the talking

    That entered in his ear?

    Could he take a little snooze

    As you walked nice and tall?

    Or would he scream with panic

    As you galloped down the hall?

    Would the little mouse get seasick

    From the tipping of your chair?

    Or would he feel safe and cozy

    As you quietly sat there?

    Would the chapel be a reverent place?

    The sacrament the same?

    Now tell me, would the little mouse

    Be really glad he came?

    If a mouse would ride to church

    In your pocket on this day,

    What might he tell his family

    That he heard you do or say?

    Illustrated by Mark Robison