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March 17, 2013 / Ingrid

Much Sadness

Today was filled with sadness… It seemed most that I had heard from today were feeling sadness too. But then I opened yesterday’s mail and to my pleasure I received this poem which helped my heart by Edgar A. Guest, titled:

To All Parents

“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, til 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.”

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  1. Leilani / Mar 17 2013 11:02 pm

    Sending you big hugs. I can’t imagine a pain more great than losing a child. I pray that God’s comfort envelopes you. I think of your family all day, everyday. Jesse lives on in our hearts and memories. We will never forget your precious boy. Love you.

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  2. Darcel / Mar 18 2013 7:35 am

    Wow! Amazing words! Thank you for sharing. Love your way always.

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  3. Diane Snellenberger / Mar 18 2013 8:06 am

    What a beautiful poem. When you are feeling sad, just picture a big hug from me to you. Praying for all of you. Thank you for sharing that poem.

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  4. Sharon / Mar 18 2013 8:39 am

    It brings some comfort to know that others have borne what we bear. It doesn’t make the grief any less but you aren’t alone in it. Praying for your broken mother’s heart, dear Ingrid.

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  5. Dee Dee / Mar 18 2013 10:21 am

    What a beautiful poem. I know it rings true to your heart. Bless the soul who sent it to you.

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  6. jessica / Mar 18 2013 11:46 am

    thats a beautiful poem my prayers sent to your family and friends

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