Raise Them Up

You labor diligently to raise a family,

teaching them right from wrong.

You pray that when they’re old enough;

they’ll choose Jesus as their song.


You train them to pray and read God’s Word

and live the way they should.

You lay your head on the pillow at night;

knowing you did all you could.


They meet up with the teen years

and choose a different path;

Wreaking havoc, causing heartbreaks:

you do the math.


You cry out to God

in the depth of your pain;

that the prodigal

will return home again.


After a season they crawl through the door

into your loving embrace.

You cry, you hug, you thank the Lord

for another glimpse of their face.


“‘For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”

Luke 15:24


  1. My Life in Our Father's World Avatar
    My Life in Our Father’s World


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    1. dougdial Avatar

      Dobson’s book “Parenting isn’t for Cowards” ShaZAM!
      WHAT a journey, aye?

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