She stood at the crossing and waited long,
Alone, uncared for, amid the throng.
Past the woman so old and gray
Hastened the children on their way.
No one offered a helping hand to her –
So meek, so timid, afraid to stir
Lest the carriage wheels or the horses’ feet
Should crowd her down in the slippery street.
He paused beside her and whispered low,
I’ll help you cross, if you wish to go.”
Her aged hand on his strong young arm
She placed, and so, without hurt or harm.
He guided the trembling feet along,
Proud that his own were firm and strong.
Then back again to his friends he went,
His young heart happy and well content.
“She’s somebody’s mother, boys, you know.
For all she’s aged and poor and slow.
And I hope some fellow will lend a hand
To help my mother, you understand.
If ever she’s poor and old and gray,
When her own dear boy is far away.”
~ Mary Dow Brine
This boy’s parents taught him to be not only kind, appreciative and pleasant to his own family and friends but to even see a stranger as someone special!
It is desirable that children be kind, appreciative, and pleasant, those qualities should be taught, not hoped for. This would be a great poem for our children to memorize to remember this special quality, kindness to those who are weaker. We can truly be tools in God’s hands, even the very young.
Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
~ Matthew 25:44-45
Our children are our disciples. Let us teach them well.
“For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.”
~ Proverbs 6:23
“Get up from your seats before the white-haired, and give honour to the old, and let the fear of your God be before you: I am the Lord.”
~ Leviticus 19:32
“When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son!”
~ John 19:26
“Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
~ Isaiah 1:17
“Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children.”
~ Ephesians 5:1
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
~ Galatians 5:14