- A Child Loaned -



"I’ll lend you for a little time
A child of
Mine,"
He said.


"For you to love the while s/he lives,
And mourn for when s/he’s dead.
It may be six or seven years
Or twenty-two or three,


But will you, till I call her/him back
Take care of her/him for Me?
S/he’ll bring her charms to gladden you,


And should her/his stay be brief,
You’ll have her/his lovely memories
As solace for your grief.


I cannot promise s/he will stay,
Since all from Earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.


I’ve looked this wide world over
In My search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life’s lanes,
I have selected You;


Now will you give her/him all your love,
Nor think the labour vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call
And take her/him back again?”


I fancied that I heard them say,


"Dear Lord, Thy will be done,
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
For the risk of grief we’ll run.


We’ll shelter her/him with tenderness,
We’ll love her/him while we may,
And for the happiness we’ve known,
Forever grateful stay.


But should the angels call for her/him
Much sooner then we planned,
We’ll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand.
” 1
Parenthood is a partnership with God . . .
you are working with the creator of the universe
in shaping human character
and determining destiny.
2
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Klaas Tuinman MA
at the virtual Dawn Cove Abbey online

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Acknowledgements:
1 -A Child Loaned ~Edgar Guest (published in the Fort Worth Star mid 1930s)
2 - ~Ruth Vaughn