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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Garden (09/07/06)

TITLE: My Son Your Soldier
By Kim Sandstrom
09/09/06


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How do I pray, Lord

for my son

who soon will walk
amidst the ruined gardens
of Babylon...
and dwell in that
ancient city
of weeping history,
Baghdad.

Teach me God

to daily,

hourly,

pray

the very highest,

the very finest,

the very purest of

mother-prayers.

Imbue

my

words -

weight

my

wishes -

amplify

my hopes and thoughts and dreams

for his perfect safety.

This much is true already:

for his preparation,

I am praying.

For his leaders in the training fields,

I am praying.

For his chaplains in Godly nurture,

I am praying.

For his comrades in esprit de corps,

I am praying.

I ask too,

that in these,
some of life's longest hours...

he remains who he was always created to be,

and even more than this,

that he will by the force of this task,

become

a man of towering strength,

golden character,

filled with wisdom.

For me,

I ask,

for courage as great as his,

belief as firm and true as my son's,

and for a heart of honest compassion such as he has for his fellow man.

I ask for us both,

through the year ahead,

October to October...
(a year of captured harvest)

Your gift,

God,

of a

a peace

that surpasses

all earthly understanding...

a peace

not just for us,

but for us all.

Amen


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Betty Castleberry09/15/06
Wonderful and heartfelt. Only a mother could write this!
Joanne Sher 09/15/06
This is beautiful and heartwrenching and wonderful. You capture the spirit of this so elegantly. Your images were wonderfully vivid and your heart on your sleeve. Truly was blessed by this!
Dona Rae Moore09/16/06
What a beautiful and powerful prayer. We could all follow this "blueprint" to pray for all of our young men and women who serve us daily in harms way. Thank you for sharing your "mother heart."
Donna Emery09/17/06
Very nice! A heartfelt prayer from a mother. So well done!