God's Lent Child

I'll lend you for a little while,
A child of mine, God said-
For you to love the child she lives,
And mourn for when she's dead.

It may be one
or two years, or forty
two or three, But will you 'till I call
her back' Take care of her for me?

She'll bring her charm to gladden
you, And (should her stay be brief) You'll
have her lovely memories, as a solace
for your grief.

I cannot promise she will stay. Since
all from earth return; But the lessons
taught below, I want this child to learn.

I've looked the whole world over in
search for teachers true; and from
the things that crowd life's lane
I have chosen you.

Will you give her all your love?
Nor think the task in vain? Nor hate
me when I come to take, this
lent child back again?

I fancied that I heard them say
Dear Lord, Thy will be done. For
joys Thy child will bring, the risk
of grief will run.

We will shelter her with tenderness,
We'll love her while we may-
And for the happiness we've known,
Forever grateful stay.

But should Thy angels call for
her much sooner that we've planned,
We'll brave the grief that comes
and try to understand.

- Author Unknown

Meet Susan

Susan's love affair with books began when she was in the sixth grade and made a bad grade on her report card in math. (She still doesn't like math.) Not allowed to watch TV for the next six weeks until she brought the grade up, she filled her extra time with books and fell in love.

After her first child was born, she gave some thought to writing. But it fell by the wayside after her daughter was born, got pushed even further away when her second son joined the world and became out of the question by the time Nick, her final son and fourth baby in five years arrived.

Nick really put a kink into her writing. He was born with a heart defect and had to have a heart transplant when he was only two. It took over three years for life to settle down enough before Susan could even think about writing his story.

Like other wannabee writers, she piddled around with her story and nearly talked it to death, that is, until she joined a writing group. One of the all-time worse spellers and particularly stinking at grammar, she worked hard, determined to tell Nick's story. After numerous rejections, she finally sold Nick's New Heart that later became Nick’s New Heart 30 Years and Counting…

Susan has written over thirty books of fiction and nonfiction. She writes romance for Harper Collins as Susan Carlisle. Under the name S. Carlisle May she published A WWII Fight Surgeon about her great uncle's experience. She has also published numerous books on her own.

Often found speaking to nursing groups, civic groups, and high school health classes, Susan will talk to anyone who will listen about the importance of organ donation. She has led workshops on time management, organizing your time, finding the right writer's conference to meet your needs, and making rejection work for you.

Susan has been married to Andy for over thirty years and they live north of Atlanta. They met at Auburn University and remain devoted Tiger fans. She loves castles, traveling and cross-stitching; reads voraciously, and wishes wearing hats would come back in vogue. She regards herself as a Number One James Bond fan, has read all the books and seen all the movies on opening night. Her fave is Pierce Brosnon as the best Bond.

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Reading is receiving, writing is giving.