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Words of Light and Hope from Fran Neale AWA

Words of Light and Hope from Fran Neale AWA

On Mothering Sunday it may be appropriate to mull over part of what Kahlil Gibran wrote “On Children”


“You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backwards nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;

For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.”


This poem “Builders” is by G.S.K. but I can’t find out his/her full name; if anyone can, I’d love to hear.


“We shall build on!

We shall build on!

On through the cynic’s scorning,

On through the coward’s warning,

On through the cheat’s suborning,

We shall build on!


Firm on the Rock of Ages,

City of saints and sages,

Laugh while the tempest rages,

We shall build on!


Christ, though my hands be bleeding,

Fierce though my flesh be pleading,

Still let me see thee leading,

Let me build on!


Till through death’s cruel dealing,

Brain wrecked and reason reeling,

I hear Love’s Trumpets pealing,

And I pass on!”


If you are as old as me or older, you may remember the A & M hymn for Lent which starts, “Christian, dost thou see them?” There is special encouragement in the final verse:-


“Well I know thy trouble,

O my servant true;

Thou art very weary,

I was weary too;

But that toil shall make thee

Some day all Mine own,

And the end of sorrow

Shall be near my throne.”


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