|Birth: ||Jun. 20, 1958|
|Death: ||Mar. 23, 2008|
Friends gave a copy of this poem to my father when my sister died. Even though she was older, it is always hard for parents to have a child pre decease them.
THE LENT CHILD
I'll lend you for a little time,
A child of mine He said,
For you to love while she lives,
and mourn when she is 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 shall her stay be brief,
You'll have her lovely memories
as solace for your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay,
since all from earth return.
But there are lessons taught down there
I want this child to learn.
I've looked the wide world over
in my search for teachers true,
And from the throngs that crowd life's lanes,
I have selected you.
Now will you give her all your love,
nor think the labor vain,
Nor hate me when I come to call
to take her back again?
I fancied that I heard them say,
Dear Lord, Thy will be done.
For all the joy thy child shall 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,
will ever grateful stay.
But shall the angels call for her
much sooner than we planned,
We'll brave the bitter grief that comes
and try to understand.
Cecil Arthur Riley (1926 - 2009)
Susan Kathleen Riley Holley (1956 - 1989)*
Cynthia Diane Riley (1958 - 2008)
Alamo Heights United Methodist Church Columbarium
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TX Bluebonnets for my sister.|
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