For every parent out there!!!

This is a poem that was given to me when I lost my first son. I hope that if there is any parent out there
whom has lost a child that this poem helps you as much as it has helped me. I do not know whom it was
that wrote it. But felt that it should be shared with everyone in the world whom has lost a child.

May the children we have lost be forever in our hearts.

And thanks to a wonderful person who I am proud to call a sister, Tracy Achtelik was able to find who wrote this beautiful poem... Please enjoy it...



To All Parents

I'll lend you for a little while,
a child of mine, He said.
For you to love the while he/she lives,
and morn for when he/she's dead.

It may be six or seven years,
or twenty - two or three,
But will you, till I call him/her back,
take care of him/her for Me?

He/She'll bring his/her charms to gladden you,
and should his/her stay be brief,
You'll have his/her lovely memories,
as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he/she will stay,
since all from earth return,
But there are lives 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/her all your love,
nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate Me when I come to call,
to take him/her back again?

"I fancied that I heard them say,
Dear Lord, The will be done.
For all the joy Thy child shall bring,
the risk of grief we'll run.

We'll shelter him/her with tenderness,
we'll love him/her while we may,
And for the happiness we've known,
forever grateful stay.

But should the angels call for him/her,
much sooner then we've planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes,
and try to understand."

by Edgar Guest