Good Night Zara – God’s Lent Child.

“I’ll lend you for a little while
A child of mine” God said –
For you to love the while she lives
and mourn for when she’s dead.
It may be six or seven years
or forty two or three
but will you, till I call her back,
take care of her for me?

She’ll bring her charms to gladden you
and, should her stay be brief,
you’ll have her nicest memories
as solace for her grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
since all from earth return
but, there are lessons taught below,
I want this child to learn.

I’ve looked the whole world over,
in my search for teachers true,
and from the things that crowd life’s lane
I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love,
nor think the labour vain,
nor hate me when I come to take
this lent child back again?

I fancied that I heard them say,
“Dear Lord Thy Will Be Done”
for all the joys thy child will bring
the risk of grief we’ll run.
We’ll shelter her with tenderness,
we’ll love her while we may,
and for the happiness we’ve known
forever grateful stay.
But, should thy Angels call for her
much sooner than we planned,
we’ll brave the grief that comes
and try to understand.


– Unknown

10 Replies to “Good Night Zara – God’s Lent Child.”

  1. Beautiful poem and insightful I would love to meet the author. I think he must have loved and lost a child and still be a firm believer in God. Never knew Zara never even heard of her until like thirty minutes before you spoke about her on air from reading about her from dailypost online. She sounds like someone loved and cared about and that’s really the important thing, what one leaves behind to linger in peoples memory when one is gone.
    May she rest in peace though as far as I’m concerned she already is resting there or not depending on what she reaally did while she was here so saying it doesn’t matter but its expected so we all do.

  2. It’s quite sober, and it re – awakens our consciousness to the submissive will of nature (God) through death that must come some day, some time, some how, some where in our lives.

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