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A Haiku - Children

Updated on March 28, 2014

Today's children grow up too fast.

Who stole it away?

Childhood innocence has gone.

No requiem sounds.

Parents at work and media intrudes as children are led to believe TV, film, and internet depictions of a false morality.

I saw a child angel last Sunday in the form of small, pigtailed girl in her Sunday best. A modern Heidi of film and literary fame, a Shirley Temple resurrected, walking beside a devout mother on their way from a New England church. She was all of four years old, and her smile outshone the sun. She was not pretending. She was who she really was.

May a loving God protect her from the falsehoods she must encounter as she grows to womanhood. May her sweet smile of purity not fade in her long lifetime of challenges to her virtue and pursuit of truth.

Oh, how sad it is that we have somehow fashioned a world of Potemkin villages where what is presented as real can so often consist only of falsehoods, false standards that collapse with the first strong breeze.

I pray for that angel's mother who so neatly dressed her, washed her cherub-like face, and braided her hair for their trip to God's holy house and an early fitting for the armor she will need to remain faithful and true.

Who will be her shepherds to see her safely pastured in green pastures? Will it be her mother, a teacher, a neighbor, a friend, a mentor, a partner worthy of that child's pure smile?

Will it be you?

As pure as an innocent child's smile.
As pure as an innocent child's smile. | Source


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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee - What a difference it made whether one makes the choices David made with Uriah and Bathsheba, or the choices Joseph made when confronted by Potiphar's wife and wrongful imprisonment. In the one case absolute power led to absolute corruption. In the other case absolute faithfulness led to absolute power. How striking the difference. WE need a generation of children who have been taught and learned to make the righteous choices.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      BlossomSB - Some of the dangers are not even hidden, and it is what we do when we encounter them and make our choices.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Wonderful thoughts. It scares me this world really does and it terrifies me what happens to children in it. May God bless them all.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Well said - well written. There are so many hidden dangers that can assail our young ones these day.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      sallieannluvslife - Indeed He does expect us to do our best: to pray for His help in doing our best, and to then get on with doing it. One scripture says we are to "pray continuously." So it mucst be we are to pray even while doing our best. The world needs all the prayers it can get, as long as they are righteous ones, regardless of which denomination is praying. Eisenhower's administration also had a postmark used on the mail across the country which read "Pray For Peace." That postmark is now illegal! Can you believe that?

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Eiddwen - Maybe we just "live and learn." You see and treasure so much of the beauty of life and share it with the rest of us, for which we thank you. We, too, have an obligation to share what we have lived and learned, to question and remark. As always, thanks for reading and for fueling my lamp.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Perhaps we see the past with tinted glasses. Unless we look carefully we might forget that Korea was nearly lost to North Korea, China and the USA were at war and killing each other. Only by Russia's absence from the Security Council was the United Nations able to act. The Cold War was real, Eisenhower was considering a first strike against the Soviet Union, the interstate system was being built with a one mile straight stretch every ten miles so our military would have additional landing strips, if needed, and children were learning to "duck and cover" in case of an atomic war. Oh, yes, those were our carefree, "good old days." We have been lucky to be here to reminisce.


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      sallieannluvslife 3 years ago from Eastern Shore

      It will the be prayers of all who know her, love her, hear of her....maybe even those who do not know her but know of her through your love, prayers and sharing....that will help to keep her on the right path, or bring her back should she stumble, as we all do. I pray for my children and family daily, even more so when I think of them throughout the day...God hears all prayers. We can only do our best and leave the rest up to Him.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Oh yes an interesting read with so much wisdom and told in your own natural way.

      Voting up and sharing.


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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Lovely thoughts here. Yes it is my constant worry that the world in which our grandchildren grow up is not as innocent as they. My daughters try to protect their children from evil and falsehoods but how difficult it is when we're surrounded by so much in the media and when peer pressure is greater than ever.

      I often yearn for my childhood of the 50s; I would love so much to be able to give them a carefree life such as the one I was given.

      Yes, we have to safeguard them and do what we can each day for whichever child is in need.

      Important subject neatly addressed. Ann