The ardent longing in my life
Is not a prayer for me;
In the deep watches of the night
I pray, not selfishly.
I lift ten lives to you, O God,
Ten hearts I know you love.
I cannot help them now below,
Please bless them from above.
You see their need as I cannot,
You hear their prayers, I know.
You feel their tears upon your cheek
Please hold them as I go.
No woman could love them as I do,
No heart could miss them so.
But only you can lift their heads
And hold them as I go.
Give them strength when they are weak;
And peace in place of fear.
Give them eyes of faith that watch
As miracles appear.
Hold them close to your embrace,
The way I know I would.
Hold them tight in your embrace,
The way a parent should.
Be their fortress from the storms,
A place where they can hide.
A parent strong whom they can trust,
In you they can have pride.
Although I cannot touch a face,
Or hold my loved ones near,
Or see them in the morning light,
Or wipe away their tears,
Or talk with them at night,
I know that you will be with them,
You’ll be their guiding light.
I give them to you, one by one,
My husband, my son, my family undone.
Please keep them close and love them strong!
I’ll love them from afar.