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Give Me the Heart of a Father
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By Gary James Smith
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Lord give me the heart of a father

Who is constantly on alert

Who senses the slightest indication of

A child who may be hurt

Not just the wee little children

To whom we're at their beck and call

But the adult children as well Lord

Who have suffered another fall


The tell tale signs indicators

Of something that's gone awry

The joyfullness missing in demeanor

The tear coming down from their eye

The silence that strains conversation

The unknowing factors as well

Life's enumerable situations

All have a story to tell


You told us to pray without ceasing

You knew what we had to forego

You give us the grace to rejoice in

As trials come blow upon blow

What great burden bearer Lord Jesus

We come casting all of our cares

You in Your strength do uphold us

No trial catches You unawares


In weakness we falter and stumble

Unable to do what we should

It is only in prayer unto You Lord

You unravel and make understood

Praise God we can call upon Your name 

Our shelter in the time of storm

May it not be a happen chance matter

But to us, be our daily norm.



Copyright Gary James Smith

Aug.27/2008 @ l0.50 p.m.


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Submitted: Thursday, August 28, 2008

Last Updated: Friday, August 29, 2008

About the Poet
I came to know the Lord as my personal Saviour in January of 1972. I was married on Oct 21,1966 to my wife Linda who also loves the Lord. We have ten children and now twenty-four grand children. In Aug 2012 we got the announcement of the birth of our first GREAT grand child (a baby girl). I was thrilled to find others of like precious faith and belief in Jesus Christ. Hallelujah! What a Savior! I am presently living in Champion, Alberta, Canada but we are originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. That is where the poem Canadian Tribute to America was birthed. One Sunday as I walked across the city on my way to church I came to the top of a hill and looked across at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. After watching the events of the Sept 11 tragedy it was weighing on my heart and mind and the Lord gave me these words. We came to Calgary and when my oldest daughter saw this poem she said, �Dad, what�s this?� and I said a poem and she replied �Dad, that�s not a poem , that�s a song� and she then went to the piano and began to sing and play it. The result of which turned into a song entitled, A Canadian Tribute to America which she recorded on CD. garyjamessmith2005@yahoo.ca

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