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Keller: Build me a son

When couples are expecting their first child, the man usually is hoping for a boy. He envisions playing “pitch and catch” with him and that he will be a good athlete who will make him proud. I’m sure he would also like him to have a good education.

Years ago, after a Memorial Day service hosted by Get High on Life, Mrs. Emily Guidry (now deceased) sent me the following “Father’s Prayer” written by General Douglas MacArthur:

FATHER’S PRAYER

“Build me a son, O Lord, 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 wishes will not take the place of deeds, a son who will know Thee—and that to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

“Lead him I pray, not in the path of base 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 reach into the future, yet never forget the past.

“And after all these things 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 and the meekness of true strength.”

“Then, I, his father, will dare to whisper, ‘I have not lived in vain.’”

Evidently, the General desired the most important ingredients in building a man.

If you have any questions, or comments, please write to Harold Keller at Get High on Life, P.O. Drawer U, Reserve, LA 70084, or call (985) 652-8477.