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The Children

The Children

I read this touching poem by John Piper today, and I knew I needed to share it. I've posted the partial text here or you can scroll to the bottom for his recorded reading of the text.

The Children

Do you hear the children crying?

I can hear them every day,

Crying, sighing, dying, flying

Somewhere safe where they can play.

Somewhere safe from all the dangers,

Somewhere safe from Crack and AIDS,

Safe from lust and lurking strangers,

Safe from war and bombing raids.

Somewhere safe from malnutrition,

Safe from daddy's damning voice,

Safe from mommy's cool ambition,

Safe from deadly goddess, Choice.

Do you hear the children crying?

I can hear them every day,

Crying, sighing, dying, flying

Somewhere safe where they can play.

* * * *

Do you see the children meeting?

I can see them in the sky,

Meeting, seating, eating, greeting

Jesus with the answer why.

Why the milk no longer nourished,

Why the water made them sick,

Why the crops no longer flourished,

Why the belly got so thick.

Why they never knew the reason

Friends had vanished out of sight,

Why some suffered for a season,

Others never saw the light.

Do you see the children meeting?

I can see them in the sky,

Meeting, seating, eating, greeting

Jesus with the answer why.

* * * *

Do you hear the children singing?

I can hear them high above,

Singing, springing, ringing, bringing

Glory to the God of love.

Glory for the gift of living,

Glory for the end of pain,

Glory for the gift of giving,

Glory for eternal gain.

Glory from the ones forsaken,

Glory from the lost and lone,

Glory when the infants waken,

Orphans on the Father's throne

Do you hear the children singing?

I can hear them high above,

Singing, springing, ringing, bringing

Glory to the God of love.

* * * *

The rest of the text can be here found on DesiringGod.org.

©2014 Desiring God Foundation. Used by Permission.

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