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One More Time
by Linda Settles
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Rated "G" by the Author.
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How many times can we forgive our wayward child and pray for her to come home? One More Time...


I’m home, she said, as if she didn’t know that joy would take my breath

And leave astonished fears, now laid to rest, to wither.


She drops her bags, the dirty, tattered bags that hold everything she

Owns, her blue eyes pleading for reprieve from consequences earned.

A noble thing, this power to offer grace to one whose actions brought such pain.

I wrap her in my arms, crush her to me, tears like winter’s thaw course down my face.


“You’ll never stop loving me, will you?” She had asked a few days prior and I

Had choked a, NO,  through constricted vocal cords, had felt a tightness in my chest

That threatened to undo me, for questions such as this sometimes precede the greatest



I hoped, I prayed, but didn’t know if ever I would see this day.  So off we go,

To the ocean haven that has been our refuge since her youngest days,

Of building castles in the sand, and walking slowly hand in hand along the

Jeweled coast.


I’ll joy in every moment shared with my prodigal child who’s ready to move on  in faith

 That the God of her youth is with her still and she may yet fulfill His will in a life

torn early on by wolves in sheep’s clothing. 


One day at a time, I know she’ll find she is beloved, precious in the eyes of God. 

And I… well, I can stand and testify that God is good and will not fail to watch over every

Wayward child and hear our prayers and keep His eyes upon the sparrow clothed in flesh.


Welcome home, my precious child, come—let us return for a little while to the sand and sea,

And remembered things that held our hearts together in days gone by. 

Come my child, let us return and offer praise to He who loves you even more than I. 

Let’s give Him praise and walk along the seashore --  one more time.







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Reviewed by Regis Auffray 9/26/2009
Powerfully moving, Linda; you reached deep into my soul with your verses. The photo very effectively complements what you express via your verses. Love and best wishes,

Reviewed by Susan Smith 9/11/2009
Very passionate expression of a mother's heart.
Reviewed by Dallas D'Angelo-Gary 9/10/2009
Amen! One day that unconditional love will pay off in big dividends.
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 9/10/2009
Ypur beautiful words...a Mother's unconditional vow wraped within the tender lovingness of completions to know all forgiveness....yes we do love our children forever....Beautiful Opening of Your Heart Linda....
Much Love, Peace & Inspirations
Reviewed by Paul Judges 9/10/2009
Very well written
Reviewed by John Flanagan 9/9/2009
The passion, the depth of feeling, the bond of parent and child strike me in the face...the writing is so strong and immediate and ever so real. Excellent work!

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 9/9/2009
Understanding sentiments and praise God she did return home, perhaps this time for keeps...

Be always safe,
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 9/9/2009
This cracks me up, Linda. I am in awe of your ability to pen such tragic beauty whilst yet going through (I assume) the circumstances in question. I admire your direct approach, which probably is cathartic, telling it like it is. But the hope that wells up, notwithstanding the "One More Time" is astounding. This is where the rubber hits the road in issues of faith... I tend to find that I can endure anything for myself... but if anything touches my little ones, then I'm a tigress!!! Love the way you throw such faith and trust on The One who is to be trusted... even when the answers and results are slow in coming... You truly know what it is to stand alongside... and take us with you here. Bless you and your precious daughter - one day you will both look back on these words and be grateful for the (painful) reminder of how far you have travelled... Much love and many prayers, Kate xx
Reviewed by Cryssa C 9/9/2009
An answer to a mother's prayer and pleadings... May you find joy and peace and delight in one another's company again.

Reviewed by Felix Perry 9/9/2009
Beautiful and as parents the answer can only often as it takes.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 9/9/2009
O, Linda, this is so beautiful! Very well penned; brava!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D

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