Lord, Thank you for life. 


Dear Lord,

Thank you for life,
For making me strong enough to know when I am weak,
And brave enough to face myself when I am afraid;
Proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.

Thank you for life
For making my wishbone facing ahead,
Not where my backbone should be;
For making me someone who know Thee
And understand that to know myself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Thank you for life,
For leading me not in the path of ease and comfort,
But under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
For helping me learn to stand up in the storm;
with compassion for those who fall.
To help them stand up again,
Face the world to meet You at the end.

Thank you for life
For building me as one whose heart is clear, whose goals are high;
someone who master self before seeking to master others;
one who learns to laugh, yet never forget how to weep;
one who reaches into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are given,
I thank you for the sense of humor,
so that I may always be serious,
yet never take myself too seriously.

Thank you for the humility, so that I always remember
the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true wisdom,
the meekness of true strength.
That everything is only a game
To prepare for grandest prize of all,
The Great Eternal Life
At the garden of Heaven.

Then I now dare to whisper to my parents and grandparents,
“You have not lived in vain.”

Adapted from “Build Me A Son” by General Douglas Mc Arthur
Indira Abidin
October 29, 2016

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The original prayer that my dad and grand parents gave me when I was small:

Build Me a Son
General Douglas A. MacArthur

Build me a son, O Lord,
who will be strong enough to know when he is weak,
and brave enough to face him self when he is afraid;
one who will be proud and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.

Build me a son whose wishbone will not be
where his backbone should be;
a son who will know Thee- and that
to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease and comfort,
but under the stress and spur of difficulties and challenge.
Here, let him learn to stand up in the storm;
here, let him team compassion for those who fall.

Build me a son whose heart will be clear, whose goals will be high;
a son who will master himself before he seeks to master other men;
one who will learn to laugh, yet never forget how to weep;
one who will reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

And after all these things are his,
add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor,
so that he may always be serious,
yet never take himself too seriously.

Give him humility, so that he may always remember
the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true wisdom,
the meekness of true strength.

Then I, his father, will dare to whisper,
“I have not lived in vain.”

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And with this, I am passing this prayer for all my friends, loved ones, and all mankind.
I pray for you a great life,
In this world and in The Hereafter.

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