“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose
mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth
Evil days, we often hear, are these.
Restlessness and strife in all degrees,
Hate and turbulence and riot rife
Seem to be our troubled way of life.
…And our children’s, too.
Inner conflicts — Lust for living well,
Packing life with pleasure ere death’s knell,
War against our wish to strangers be,
Striving to live lives of sanctity.
…With our children, too.
Deeper worries: How can we whose sin
Seems to burst from ev’ry depth within
Teach our children how their sin to fight,
And to struggle more to do the right?
…For our children do.
Probing problems: Need our harried pace
Sweep us on to lose a futile race?
Is there not an answer we can find,
Giving us our needed peace of mind?
…For our children, too?
Perfect peace the Lord has promised them
Who in trust have stayed their minds on Him.
In the Lord is everlasting strength,
Bringing courage to our souls at length.
…Promised our children, too.
Sweet serenity and quiet calm,
Sought through prayer, the precious, soothing balm
Is the gift our Lord for us reserved
Freely given, although undeserved!
…To our children, too!