Our small, diligent backyard friend
Faithful each morning
Steadfast every evening,
Always in search of needed food
Bugs and worms and seeds
All to keep the nest full and ready
To satisfy the present needs
And to meet the pressing future-
Eggs as gifts of responsibility soon to crack open;
Noisy little mouths helpless and dependent
Children so easily with tears
So easily frightened
Hands and hearts openly held out,
Always thirsty, chilled and hungry.
And who will care for them,
To feed and clothe
In days of famine
In times of plagues
In a long season of drought
When all human hands hang limp!
Who will step forward in our lives,
Maybe one like Joseph in ancient Egypt?
Or like Daniel in old Babylon?
Who in America will stand the test
Will face the challenge
Eyes confidently fixed on the dilemma;
Who really hears the Voice of the Holy Lord
The Spirit of God who alone truly cares,
And, who can share their experiences wisely,
The knowledge of the One alone we can trust?