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Child-Like
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By Peter O
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Child-Like

"... Amen I say to you:'If you do not turn and become as the children,
you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.'" Matthew 18:3

Father,

When waves run high;
When freeze rigids the soul;
When night is long;
I turn to You as a Loving Father,
Go to Your "Room" and nestle --
Father of Strength.

When trapped in pride's hollow box;
When the swell of arrogance lifts me high;
When stumbling on habit's lanes,
Lanes dug deep;
I turn to You as a Loving Father,
Even if I am no higher than Your "Knees" -
Father of Compassion.

When the carrion-crows of the past
Peck at my soul's joy;
When the Adversary coaxes and nudges
With fool's words, flattery's words;
When I shelter in "ego-lies;"
I turn to You as a Loving Father,
As a chuild to Your "Smile" --
Father of Forgiving.,

Father,

I pray
For the grace to be child-like --
Simple of soul, singular of intent,
Wide-eyed, direct, spontaneous; then
I will no longer be child-ish --
A feeble candle against the wind.


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Submitted: Monday, October 13, 2014

Last Updated: Monday, October 13, 2014

About the Poet
I am 79 years of age. For the past nine years I have been retired, after forty years, from the field of alcoholism and drug abuse in New York City. I am married and we have two grown sons and two grand-sons. My life changed through a grace-experience in 1967. Writing Christian prayers is a particular interest of mine. This came about by a growing awareness of the spiritual in recovery from addictions. I choose, intellectually and emotionally, to believe the Triune God of the Sared Scriptures as my Healer.


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