I want my children to know the power of passion, the peace of presence, the joy of height, the depths of depression, the answer to prayer, the security of coasting, to know the Lord.

I want my children to bask in the sunlight, to walk in the rain, to smell the flowers, to see beyond the rainbow, to know the Lord.

I want my children to see, the sunrise from the ocean, the sunset over the sea, the purple mountains majesty, the clouds silver lining, a red sky in the morning, a red sky at night, the rainbow bold and bright, to know the Lord.

I want my children to see the redwoods, and red rocks, the rain forests and trees, the while sands, and black sands, the mountains, the valleys, the caverns and caves, the rain, the hail, the snow, the winds, the awesome beauty Mother Nature gives, to know the Lord.

I want my children to feel, the gift of giving, the desire of helping, the thrill of adventure, the ecstasy of romance, the spirit of the Lord.

I want my children to hear, the laughter of children at play, the silence of a special moment, the soul of a symphony, their hearts telling them truth, the whispers of the Lord.

By Estelle P. Shrum

(Psalm 127: 3-5), (Psalm 128:6), (Proverbs 17:6), (Proverbs 22:6), (Proverbs 22:15), (Proverbs 23:13-14)