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To All Parents
Written By: Edgar A. Guest
(from "All In a Lifetime"--Copyright, 1938)

"I'll lend you for a little time a child of Mine," He said,
"For you to love the while he lives and mourn for when he's dead,
It may be six or seven years, or twenty-two or three,
But will you, till I call him back, take care of him for Me?
He'll bring his charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief
You'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.

"I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.
I've looked the 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 him all your love, nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call to take him back again?"

I fancied that I heard them say, "Dear Lord, Thy will be done."
For all the joy Thy child shall bring, the risk of grief we'll run.
We'll shelter him with tenderness, we'll love him while we may
And for the happiness we've known forever grateful stay;
But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand."

 

And God Said..

Posted on the wall at the
Oklahoma City bombing site
By K. C. and Myke Kuzmic
Stockton, CA

I said, "God, I hurt."
And God said, "I know."

I said, "God, I cry a lot."
And God said, "That is why I gave you tears."

I said, "God, I am so depressed."
And God said, "That is why I gave you Sunshine."

I said, "God, life is so hard."
And God said, "That is why I gave you loved ones."

I said, "God, my loved one died."
And God said, "So did mine."

I said, "God, it is such a loss."
And God said, "I saw my son nailed to a cross."

I said, "God, but your loved one lives."
And God said, "So does yours."

I said, "God, where are they now?"
And God said, "Mine is on My right and yours is in the Light."

I said, "God, it hurts."
And God said, "I know."

Someone Who Cares

Author Unknown

When you've known the meaning of sorrow,
And you've stalled at the foot of the stairs
You'd give all you owe just to borrow
A SMILE from someone who cares.

When your so-called friends won't come near you,
When they deal you out of their shares,
When you cry and there's no one to hear you,
Now you ask for someone who cares.

When you've tried to come back and you're hurting
The past slaps your face unawares,
You'd settle for that final curtain,
If it weren't for someone who cares.

Don't despair and grow disenchanted,
An answer will come to your prayers,
But please don't take God for granted,
He is there, and He's someone.....Who Cares.

Why God Takes Children
Author Unknown

When God calls little children
To dwell with Him above,
We mortals sometimes question
The wisdom of His love.
For no heartache compares with,
The death of one small child,
Who does so much to make our world,
Seem so wonderful and mild.
Perhaps God tires of calling
The aged to His fold,
So He picks a rosebud
Before it can grow old.
God knows how much we need them,
And so He takes but few,
To make the land of heaven
More beautiful to view.
Believing this is difficult
Still somehow we must try,
The saddest word mankind
knows will always be Good-by.
So when a little child departs,
We who are left behind
Must realize God loves children,
Angels are hard to find.

If Tomorrow Begins Without Me
By Martha White ©1996

When tomorrow starts without me
and I'm not there to see..
If the sun should rise
and find your eyes..
all filled with tears for me.
I wish so much you wouldn't cry..
the way you did today,
while thinking of the many things
we didn't get to say.
I know how much you love me,
as much as I love you,
and each time you think of me
I know you'll miss me too.
But when tomorrow starts without me,
please try to understand..
an angel came and called my name
and took me by the hand
He said my place was ready..
in heaven far above,
but said I would have to leave behind..
all those I dearly love.
But as I turned to walk away,
a tear fell from my eye,
for all my life, I'd always thought..
I didn't want to die.
I had so much to live for..
and so much yet to do,
it seemed almost impossible
that I was leaving you.
I thought of all the yesterdays..
the good ones and the bad,
I thought of all the love we shared
and all the fun we had.
If I could relive yesterday,
I thought, just for awhile..
I'd say goodbye and kiss you
and maybe see you smile.
But then I fully realized..
that this could never be,
for emptiness and memories..
would take the place of me.
And when I think of worldly things,
that I would miss tomorrow..
I think of you, and when I do,
my heart is filled with sorrow.
But as I walked through heaven's gates..
I felt so much at home,
as God looked down and smiled at me,
from His great, golden throne,
He said, "This is eternity
and all I've promised you",
Today life on earth is past..
but here it starts anew.
I promise no tomorrow,
but today will always last,
and since each day's the same day,
there's no longing for the past.
But you have been so faithful,
so trusting, and so true.
There were those times..
you did some things..
you knew you shouldn't do.
But you have been forgiven
and now at last you’re free.
So won't you take my hand..
and share my life with me?
So when tomorrow starts without me..
don't think we're far apart,
for every time you think of me..
I'm right here in your heart.

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