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Was he Sent so we might Grow
by Barbara Hartmann King
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This poem is about my nephew Andrew

 Was he Sent so we might Grow

Until we had Andrew, we gave little thought
To the sorrow and pain these children brought,
We said to the priest, ‘why should it be thus?’
We asked God for a reason, we asked, ‘why us?’
There was no simple reason, none that we know,
Was he sent to us, so we might grow?

 Andrew changed our lives in a dramatic way,
Living and coping was a challenge, day by day,
It’s easy to drown in self-pity and sorrow,
We learnt to live daily, not think of tomorrow
In the stream of life, endurance must flow,
Was he sent to us, so we might grow?

 We went from doctor to doctor in hope of a cure,
But we knew in our hearts the chances were poor,
Andrew would be disabled all his life through,
With acceptance, we lived the best way we knew,
And we gained strength from our burden bestowed,
Was he sent to us, so we might grow? 

Andrew’s a beat behind in life’s pulsating race,
He’s pure and trusting, there’s love in his face,
He needs patience, kindness and a loving heart,
To learn some of these things is a wonderful start
To a better way to love, a love to glow,
Was he sent to us, so we might grow?


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Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader)
Sung like a hymn. Your style has music and substance. Someone once said, when I expressed saddness about dimensia and elderly dependency, "They are pearls of wisdom." I didn't like that answer because I didn't understand it. Now, caring for my mother in these two conditions, I think it is as you express in "Was he Sent so we might Grow" , life with them is pinpoint in what really matters. Thank you. ~~ Diana
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