June 12 - A Special Prayer For A Son

A Special Prayer For A Son


Please think about the following prayer which was written by a well remembered world leader. I think it bears repeating and then I shall identify the writer:

WORLD take my son by the hand...he starts school today! It is all going to be strange and new for a while, and I wish you would sort of treat him gently.

To live in this world will require faith and love and courage. So, WORLD, I wish you would sort of take him by his young hand and teach him the things he will have to know.

He will have to learn, I know, that all men are not just...that all men are not true. Teach him that for every scoundrel there is a hero...that for every enemy there is a friend.

Teach him the wonder of books. Teach him that it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat.

The man who wrote those words was Abraham Lincoln. These are more than beautiful words strung together. They express a prayer, a prayer that is as contemporary as today. It's sound advice back then...and good advice for today. It's a prayer that I hope your fathers have been praying for you!

Along these same lines, John Wooden, probably the best and most successful college level basketball coach who ever coached, said, "It's what you learn - after you know it all - that counts."

"Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise" (Proverbs 19:20).