The Wanderer

"As I walked through the wilderness of this world . . ."

“Our Baby Boy”

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My previous post reminded me of the poem below. I cannot remember where I found these verses, but I do know that they were anonymous when I saw them. They express our deepest desire for our son.

Our Baby Boy

What shall we ask for our baby boy?
Shall we ask for fame, or gain, or joy,
For the dear-bought wisdom of the schools,
Or a skilful hand in the use of tools?
Ah, nay, our wishes much higher go
Than the highest hill with its cap of snow,
And the heart’s desire must wider be
Than the utmost stretch of the boundless sea.

We ask for the blessing of God above
And an early sense of the Saviour’s love,
An early sense of his wondrous grace
And an early start to seek his face;
A soul that is cleansed by the Saviour’s blood,
A heart that is kept by the peace of God,
Where the very God of peace may dwell,
His holy secrets of love to tell.

Feet that shall walk in the path of life
And follow the Lamb through stress or strife,
That following on through pain and loss
He may learn the worth of the Saviour’s cross;
A place in his heart for the words of truth,
And God for his guide from his early youth.
Great things we ask for our baby boy –
A place in God’s universe of joy,
A home in the land where his Son supreme
And his wondrous cross are the dearest theme.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Wednesday 23 April 2008 at 19:20

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  1. I read this poem in Banner of Truth, December 2006. It has a lovely story to go with it. It was given to the parents of Frederick Leahy at his birth. Frederick is the author of The Hand of God: Comfort of Having a Supreme God. Try and get the article and read it. The verses of the poem were richly answered in Frederick’s life. The answer to the first question in the Heidelberg Catechism was a favourite of his.

    Marlene Blough

    Tuesday 29 April 2008 at 19:52


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