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The Rights Of A Child

by David Pekrul
copyright 12-23-2004

Age Rating: 10 +
The Rights Of A Child

A child has a right to be happy,
To be safe and protected from harm,
To be cradled in arms that love him,
To be free from all stress and alarm.

To expect to be fed when he’s hungry,
To live in a world without fear,
To spend happy moments just playing,
To know that his parents are near.

So many today never know this,
They live like a bird on a wire.
Love and protection has vanished,
They live on the edge of a fire.

And millions of others, before they are born,
Snuffed out in the blink of an eye,
When women who say they have rights of their own,
Decide if they live or they die.

All children are precious, a gift from above,
Those with us and those yet unborn,
And how they are treated is all up to us,
Protect them, for we have been warned.

“Offend one small child”, the scripture has said,
“And it would be better for thee,
That a millstone be hanged about your neck,
And be drowned in the depths of the sea”.

Strong words you may say, but they come from our God,
It’s a serious matter to Him,
For every small child has God-given rights,
To deny them would be a great sin.

He said, “Let the children all come unto Me,
And hinder them not in their way.
For the kingdom of Heaven belongs to them”.
Let us guide them so they will not stray.

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        05-10-2006     Mary -BrytEyz- Ball        

Just wanted you to know I came back to read this again. :-)

And yes, that scripture in Matt. 18:1-6 is the one I found as well.

I still like these lines a great deal...

When women who say they have rights of their own,
Decide if they live or they die.

I thought of those lines when I was reading the Bible recently at Ps. 139:13-16 where it says that God kept the infant "screened off" in the belly of the Mother, that God saw the embryo and all the babie's parts were written down in God's book of life. You know, if GOD views an unborn child as a "life" ... as a person worthy of being remembered in His Book of Life... who are we to say otherwise?

And although I understand Shannon's viewpoint, I can't agree. If someone were to get pregnant at her age, there are LINES of eager parent's to be waiting to adopt a new born baby. I don't think ANYTHING we may think is more important, could possibly be more important than listening to what God says. Look at all the examples in the Bible of people who would rather die than go against what God said... I would hope I would be as strong as they were I in their shoes (or a similar situation). What is my life, really? What are my problems, really? Nothing in the grand scheme of things. IMHO, of course. :-)

        04-17-2006     Shannon Walter        

I love it! It's sad when someone doesn't give a child a chance to live, even though I partly agree with abortion. I if were to get pregnant at my age. I would get an abortion,as selfish as and as much as I would feel guilty for killing an innocent baby, I would. If I was older I would have the baby. Great job!

        02-27-2005     David Pekrul        

The scripture I refer to can be found in Matthew 18: 1-6. I have compared these verses in The King James Version, The New International Version, The Amplified New Testament, The Revised Standard Version, The New Testament(An Expanded Translation)by Kenneth S. Wuest, and The New Testament in Modern English by J. B. Philips, and they all say pretty much the same thing.

David Pekrul

        02-26-2005     Mary -BrytEyz- Ball        

Although there are soldiers on both battlefronts of the Abortion issue, neither side will ever convince the other that they are wrong or misguided. I believe in God. I believe in "thou shall not kill". I believe that unborn infants are humans as well due to the fact that God is the Source of life. All living things owe their life to God. (Psalm 36:9) Life is sacred to God. Even the life of an UNBORN child inside its mother is precious to Jehovah. To kill such a developing baby on purpose is wrong in God's eyes.—Exodus 21:22, 23; Psalm 127:3.

I too was raped, and then what? What if I ended up pregnant? How can I tell God I trust in him and will rely on him and believe that he will give me strength and wisdom to endure anything if I refuse to let him be there for me during such a severe trial as that? And how can I believe that all children are an inheritance from God and a gift from him (as the Bible clearly states) and then throw that gift back in his face and refuse to cherish the life that I've been given responsibility for? (However the situation came about)

I agree with much of what you said. However, I do have one problem (question) about what you wrote. You wrote...

“Offend one small child”, the scripture has said,
“And it would be better for thee,
That a millstone be hanged about your neck,
And be drowned in the depths of the sea”.

What scripture is that? I found in my Bible that if we stumble one of God's children (not necessarily a child here) then it would be better to have a millstone wrapped around our neck and then pitched into the sea. I was just wondering what scripture you read that at, and what version of the Bible you have. I'd like to look into it further.

Thank you, as always, for sharing your views and beliefs.

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