12 April, 2012

No Lambs Allowed

Mary had a little lamb,
His fleece was white as snow.
And everywhere that Mary went,
The Lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school one day,
'Twasn't even in the rule.
He made the children laugh and play,
To have a lamb at school.
And then the rules all changed one day,
Illegal it became,
To bring the Lamb of God to school,
Or even speak His name.
Everyday got worse and worse,
And days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh,
We heard gunshots and tears.
What must we do to stop the crime,
That's in our schools today?
Let's let THE LAMB come back to school,
And teach our kids to pray!*

On a personal note: when I began the 1st grade in 1959 we prayed, pledged allegiance to our national flag and sang "Our Country 'Tis Of Thee" every morning, at our desks. It was our right to do so, protected by the Constitution; it still is. Although children in public schools cannot pray together as a body anymore, they may pray individually; and we must remember why separation of church and state became part of the First Amendment in the first place; to keep government (and politics) out of the churches... not the other way around!

Life is Good!

*Borrowed from: Amazing Grace, the newsletter of Grace Lutheran Church ~ San Juan, Puerto Rico


Pat said...

That sound you hear is a loud AMEN from here in Pennsylvania.

cityquilter grace said...

so sad that priorities have turned upside down with disastrous results

Marilyn said...

How true you are , hopefully one day things will
turn back around.

Linnie Quilts said...

I feel sad that children today don't know about the kinder, gentler world that we grew up in ... it's all so stressful for them. I, too, remember the morning prayer, pledge. I also recall addressing adults very respectfully, having dinner together as a family and actually TALKING to each other at the end of the day. TV was an occasional event and my parents were always there to answer a question or help with homework. I think I grew up in a better time ... even without all the technology the youngsters have today.

Salem Stitcher said...

By the time I was in 1st grade in 1971,the prayer was already gone. We still said the Pledge and sang My Country Tis of Thee. Do they even do that anymore?

Very sad.

Shakerwood said...

Amen, sister!

Janet said...


Nane said...

We said the pledge, but the time I was in High School FCA had to meet off campus.

Synthia said...

Amen from me too

Janet O. said...

Great poem, and your added comments are so insightful!

LizA. said...

Amen from the left coast....

Did you know Stephen's father grew up in PR. Stephen's grandfather was a Lutheran pastor at St. Paul's in San Juan and head of the Lutheran Caribbean mission in the 30's & 40's. Stephen's father's first congregation was in the Virgin Islands - he too is a Lutheran (ELCA) pastor.