Saturday, October 29, 2011

Trying to Understand

Watched "The 5th Quarter" last weekend.  Cried my head off.  Not that it was a great movie. The story telling left something to be desired.  But loss, that I can relate to these days.  Great loss.  And Grief. A death like grief.  And grief inconsolable right now.  Not loss of life, but loss of relationship that was dear. And like death, I have no control over now.  Just trying to understand.  "Sorrow she comes a stealing..."  This poem was recited and looked it up and sharing now:

      To All Parents
"I'll lend you for a while 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 should 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 chosen 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 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!"

-poem by Edgar Guest

---post by Queen Lucy


Jan said...

I'm sorry, Amie ~ Praying.
Beautiful poem.

AnnaS said...

Praying for you here. Anna

Caer Clan said...

Thanks for the prayers. Any ideas for Christian books on grief? Suggestions appreciated! Amie