O God, in love you’ve given to me,
So much in this wonderful gift, I see.
The potential that lies before us now,
A precious young life to be molded, but how?
Children are given us as a sacred trust,
by the Father above who’s loving and just.
He shows the way to care for them,
By giving us a Biblical regimen.
Lots of love and joy, to fill the home,
So the little ones won’t want to roam.
Next goodness, peace and gentleness too,
So that they’ll see Jesus Christ in you.
Moving along down the road we’ll find,
To meekness and temperance, they’ll not be blind.
These little ones can sense and see,
Where patience is lacking inside of me.
But mother, don’t condemn yourself here,
Rather call upon Jesus to give you cheer.
He gives the Holy Spirit to impart,
the Fruit of His Spirit within our heart.
If we allow Him, He’ll work deep within,
To make and to mold us and free us from sin.
Trying of patience by children we love,
In this, He is fitting us for heaven above.
So don’t shy away, from God’s training for you,
While raising your gift, He’ll be changing you too.
(Written for a friend upon the adoption of their son. January 2006)
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