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Monday, February 7, 2011

A Father's Prayer

Build me a son, O Lord, who will be strong enough to know when he is weak, and brave enough to face himself when he is afraid; one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat, and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishbone will not be where his backbone should be; a son who will know Thee and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort, but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge. Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a son whose heart will be clean, whose goal will be high; a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men; one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep; one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.
And after all these things are his, add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor, so that he may always be serious, yet never take himself too seriously. Give him humility, so that he may always remember the simplicity of greatness, the open mind of true wisdom, the meekness of true strength.
Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, "I have not lived in vain."

~General Douglas MacArthur


Anna Olivia said...

Oh my. REALLY?! You listen to The High Kings, too???? I'm so happy you're going to see them live- you will love it. No doubt about that. <3 They're the nicest guys ever (with fabulous accents...) ;) I actually have all four of them in my personal FB friends list. hehe! Have fun! And do blog about so I can see your pics... ;) ;)

emily elizabeth said...

Personal FB friends?! Wow! That's awesome:) Lol Do you know if they let you get autographs and take pictures at every concert?! I hope so:) I actually didn't even know about the High Kings until I read about them on your blog, so I looked them up...and fell in love! Lol I love your blog, and your sisters' blogs--they're so cute! And I will definitely blog about the concert--you be sure to do the same! :) Happy early Birthday:)