What might the thief on the cross have learned from his mother? Maybe we can learn some lessons from what he said while he hung there next to our Lord, dying.
Image by *clairity* via Flickr
No Parent a Failure
No parent who teaches his children to fear
The dear Lord who made us and placed us down here
Could be thought to have failed in the raising they’ve done
Of the next generation of daughters and sons.
None a failure who teaches those daughters and sons,
They must pay now or later for the wrong deeds they’ve done;
They will pay “indeed justly” for their terrible crime,
Face immediate consequence, or suffer in time!
Who doth see them in action, and hasten to tell,
They must pay for their action, or all is not well.
Though it seem like the fiercest of storm and of gale,
No parent who teaches this lesson doth fail!
No parent a failure who teaches their child,
To be toward the sufferer gentle, and mild.
Christ’s example He left us, of tenderest care,
No parent a failure, who failed not there!
No parent a failure who points them in love.
To Christ and His Kingdom, and Heaven above.
For He doth remember us, where He resides,
And one day, we shall go there, to dwell by His side!
For His Kingdom’s in Heaven, and on earth it shall be
And one day, He shall reign with His thousands. you see.
Who have suffered in service, Of His Kingdom are heirs,
And no parent a failure, who would teach this to theirs!
No parent a failure who teaches to pray,
In the heat of the battle; on the darkest of day.
God the Father is waiting, ere to hear our heart’s cry,
No parent a failure, teaching Christ ever nigh!
Did that thief’s precious mother watch him hang there that day
And consider herself to have failed in some way?
No, perhaps up in Heaven, she awaited her son,
And His words from the Cross were to her a “Well done!”
Danielle E Patenaude
Published in: Family