I'll Lend You A Child
by Edgar Guest
"I'll lend you for a little time a child of mine," He said.
For you to love 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 smiles to gladden you,
And should this 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 this world over
In 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 count 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 should the angels call for him
Much sooner than we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
And try to understand."
I woke up this morning and found it hard to get out of bed. My mind kept drifting to all the "what could have been's." But my girls were never meant to be more than what they were...my angel babies. O how I miss them and want to hold them again. Someday promises my Heavenly Father. Someday.
And then I remember..."God is the Great Giver. The Great Provider. The Fount of every blessing. Absolutely generous and utterly dependable...Trust Him!" (Max Lucado)
And then I am reminded..."When God made you a believer, He meant to test you. And when He gave you promises and asked you to trust them, He made promises suitable for times of storms and high seas." (Streams in the Desert)
Where would our faith be if not for the trials that test it; or patience, without anything to endure or experience and without tribulations to develop it?
Loved! then the way will not be drear;
For One we know is ever near,
Proving it to our hearts so clear
That we are loved.
Loved when our sky is clouded o'er,
And the days of sorrow press us sore;
Still we will trust Him evermore,
For we are loved.
Time, that affects all things below,
Can never change the love He'll show;
The heart of Christ with love will flow,
And we are loved.
(Streams in the Desert)
Had my favorite kind of day...enjoyed the sunshine filled day poolside! And when the hubby got out of work he joined in the fun. My niece Cambrey loves it when he comes to swim. Then we ordered some pizza with the Tibbes for dinner and called it a night. Next on our agenda...watching a movie as soon as I stop blogging.
Oh and today I picked up my girls beautifully embroidered blankets that a wonderful lady named Brenda embroidered for me. Here is a picture...
Now if Brian and I are someday blessed with another daughter...she will get to use her big sister's blankets!