To The Unknown Land ~ Edmund Blair Leighton

To The Unknown Land ~ Edmund Blair Leighton

Some years ago, as I sat on an ash heap of defeat and loss, God put His hand out and touched my pain through a priest who gave me the words to a poem I had never before heard. My Master’s voice reached me through its gentle swell and ebb of words, teaching me the meaning of faith through the soul of a child.

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On Children
Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.


You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.


You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.