Wednesday, January 21, 2009


General MacArthur's Prayer For His Son

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 what to know himself is the foundation stone of knowledge.

Lead him, I pray, not in the path of ease 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 e serious, yet never take him 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.
主 在他有了這些美德之後,我還要祈求你,賜給他充份的幽默感以免過於嚴肅,

Then I, his father, will dare to whisper, "I have not lived in vain."
然後做為父親的我,才敢輕聲的說,我總算這輩子沒有白活。 阿們!

Old soldiers never die;They only fade away
(Anonymous,"War Song,''1914-18)

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