Griff- 19 years old
Build Me a Son Build me a son,
who will be strong enough
to know when he is weak,
and brave enough
to face himself when he is afraid;
One who will be proud
and unbending in honest defeat,
and humble and gentle in victory.
Build me a son whose wishbone
will not be where his backbone should be;
A son who will know Thee
and to know himself
is the foundation stone of knowledge.
Lead him, I pray, not in the path
of ease and comfort,
but under the stress and spur
of difficulties and challenge.
Here let him learn to stand up in the storm,
here let him learn compassion for those who fail.
Build me a son whose heart will be clear,
whose goal will be high ;
A son who will master himself before
he seeks to master other men;
one who will learn to laugh,
yet never forget to weep;
One who will reach into the future ,
yet never forget the past.
And after all these are his,
add, I pray, enough of a sense of humor
so that he may always be serious
yet never take himself too seriously.
Give him humility,
so that he may always remember
the simplicity of true greatness,
the open mind of true wisdom,
the meekness of true strength.
Then I, his father, will dare to whisper
"I have not lived in vain."