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Topic: Childhood (09/03/09)
TITLE: Man Child
By Jason Elliotson
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three score and three ago,
a tender lad to learn this light
would see his hero low.
The boy was up to quench his thirst,
he wandered down the hall;
hearing sobs he feared the worst,
then heard the tearful call:
“O Father ,now I come to you,
I know not what to do,
but you have said, ‘I died and bled;
I’ll get you through this too!’
Weeping wracked the hero’s frame
upon the study floor,
calling on the Father’s name
and asking Him for more.
He saw the young one by the door
and motioned him inside;
he knew the question on his face,
and to it he replied,
“My son, do you remember when
I called you in from play?
You didn’t understand it then
but still came right away.”
“I do,” the lad said quietly,
“I didn’t see him there;
that jungle snake was in the tree
and I was unaware.”
“What lesson did you learn from that?
Now son, what was the rest?”
The young one nodded, “Always trust!
You want for me what’s best.”
His dad, his hero, scooped him up,
“These tears don’t ever dread;
I’ve words to say, before we pray
and fly you back to bed!
“I love you son, and want to bring
you up to be a man;
To be one truly you must learn
to hold the Father’s hand.
“These tears are tears of gratitude
and tears of brokenness.
He’s teaching me to trust in Him;
in this we’re truly blessed.
Trust Him son, do what He says,”
He looked at him and smiled.
“As I learn to be a man
I learn to be a child.”
So many years have come and gone
since I was that young lad;
I’ve raised my own son in that way
that I learned from my dad.
Not long ago, I wakened late
while staying with my son,
I heard him say, “Trust and obey,
this I say of the One.”
He was speaking to his son,
some things I couldn’t tell,
but then I heard as clear as day
some words that I knew well.
“Trust Him son, do what He says,”
I closed my eyes and smiled.
“As you learn to be a man
you’ll learn to be a child.”
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