Saturday, January 5, 2013

And a Little Child Shall Lead

I'm back to Saturday Centusing again, and happy to say so! Our Lady Matlock has graced us with a picture prompt today, along with 100 words to make something happen. (Sorry it's not in first person, Jenny. I started out that way, but couldn't quite get the poem to say what I wanted it to from that viewpoint.) 


And a Little Child Shall Lead
©2013 Susan Noyes Anderson

Until time wrests it from their grasp,
our children hold the world in their hands.
Until life takes their hearts to task,
their arms extend to other lands.

Why is it that, as we grow tall,
the world we see becomes so small?
Why must we lose that childish view
and shift our focus to the few?

Who are the losers in this game
of you for you and me for me?
Is there no one to blame?
Are we content to let it be?

When all is said and all is done,
we are God's children, every one.
Let us remember and be freed
to look beyond our present need

and follow where a child can lead.

"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb; and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."
Isaiah 11:6



Karen S. said...


Gail said...

Absolutely perfect!

Viki said...

Beautiful poem!!

Milly said...

Lovely! I especially like the touch of adding the scripture at the end. So beautiful.

Amy said...

Milly is me. I don't know why that profile showed up. Sorry for the confusion.

yaya said...

Beautiful and so true. I pray for the youth of this world..not just our nation. Those will be the leaders and decision makers for us in the future. I wish all of us would hold this world like it was a precious be cherished, taken care of and improved with time.

Bookie said...

Beautiful...enough said.

Bethe77 said...

Beautiful said!
Gave me such peace as I read it
Happy New Year

Kim said...


May we all be able to regain our childlike perspective - wouldn't that be great? We live in a marvelous place and time!

Emma Major said...

really gorgeous, well done

Grandma Honey said...

How do you do this?! Beautiful!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

An amazing poem! Wish we could all remember and live this way.
Once again I am so happy I came by to visit you tonight.

Karen Sue said...

Thanks sue...always such nice words, just when i need them.

LeAnn said...

Just awesome; I really really loved this one. Your poetry is always so meaningful and beautiful.
Blessings and hugs!

Brian Miller said...

ah and perhaps that is why we are said to become like children...or have the faith of children...we grow up and think we know a lot...smiles...really nice sue....

Stef said...

Sue, this has to be one of my favorites!!

karen said...

Wonderful words, Sue. Sorry I'm so late in commenting. This is a beautiful verse and worth memorizing. Children have such a beautiful view of everything, don't they? It gets harder and harder to preserve that sweet innocence, but we really must try.

EdenHouse said...

Off only world leaders saw life as a child does

Kris Osage said...

As always, brilliantly written Sue and I love the scripture from the Old Testament too !!! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

Well said!

Darlene said...

That is wonderful, Sue. I loved the scripture too. It is a pretty scary future I'm thinking.

noexcuses said...

Beautifully written! Children keep me hopeful! The added scripture was wonderful, too!

Jenny said...

Oh Sue.

I liked the scripture at the end.

I love your sentiment, as always.

I try to live this way...I am trying to teach my Grandlittles to live this way as well.

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