Rays of Hope

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[Though this poem, Rays of Hope (about a little boy becoming a man) is not included in the poetry and prose of Three Days at Sea, perhaps other parents and sons will find it to be soul flotation.]

You’re no longer

The little boy who sat upon my knee

Who filled the halls with laughter

Playing cheerfully.

Your new questions

Have gotten harder to answer but then

It’s not answers you’re after,

At least not from me.

The wounds you face

Can’t be erased

With a bandage and a kiss,

No matter how much I wish!

But the little boy I raised

Is still inside the man that you’ve become.

His heart is good.

He knows the way

To find Light on darkened days.

–By: Delana H. Stewart (c) 2012

Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Deuteronomy 6:5-8 (NIV)

5Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

See also:

Of Sheep and Shepherds (Psalm 23)–On letting go and trusting God with our children.

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