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With a Heavy Heart

Those of us who were so shaken by Cynthia's death now must face that her second little grandson has joined her in Heaven, all in the space of three months. Our grief is for this family that has been tested in ways most of us never will. There is a poem that always comes to my mind at the loss of a child....I hope this will be a comfort to them and others. I first read this poem when we lost someone very close to our family and it was sent to her mother.

"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, not 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!"

Edgar Guest

posted on Sept 2, 2013 1:12 PM ()

Comments:

comment by elderjane on Sept 13, 2013 10:31 AM ()
Such heartbreak for this family. I am so heartsore for them.
comment by marta on Sept 3, 2013 5:25 PM ()
comment by tracy on Sept 3, 2013 12:13 PM ()
reply by redimpala on Sept 3, 2013 2:42 PM ()
very sad
comment by kevinshere on Sept 3, 2013 2:49 AM ()
Yes, it is, Kevin.
reply by redimpala on Sept 3, 2013 8:11 AM ()
comment by hobbie on Sept 2, 2013 7:38 PM ()
reply by redimpala on Sept 3, 2013 8:11 AM ()
He passed away yesterday.
comment by redimpala on Sept 2, 2013 4:16 PM ()
Am I the only person who doesn't know who Cynthia is?
comment by troutbend on Sept 2, 2013 1:46 PM ()
Remember my post, "I Will Not Be Afraid." I told there the story of Cynthia and the sex-linked disease she carried, severe immunodeficiency. She did not have the disease but she passed it to her two sons and both her daughters are carriers. Sadly, they each passed it to one of their sons, both of whom are now deceased. In the last three months, one grandson died at four months, then Cynthia died, and now this last little grandson, who was seven.
reply by redimpala on Sept 2, 2013 4:15 PM ()

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