Over lunch, a very special solicitor friend of mine who practiced in Family Law, told me of the difficulties he often experienced in child custody matters. He said “you need the wisdom of Solomon to handle some of these matters.”
He then recounted to me the story of a divorced couple who had come before King Solomon to determine the custody of their only son. Both parents wanted the child to reside with them and both claimed to love him more than the other parent did.
Solomon told them that he was unable to determine who should have the child and as they both wanted him so badly, the only solution he could arrive at was to have the axe man cleave the child in two and he would give them half each. The mother agreed to this decision but the father said that he loved the child less than the mother and agreed to let her have custody.
When Solomon heard the father’s reply he said, “It has now become obvious to me which parent loves the child more, and, accordingly, I grant custody of the child to the father.”
The love of a father for a child is a powerful love but how difficult would it be to have to make a decision to sacrifice the life of your own child for the greater good of others? There was a Father who had to make that decision.
God So loved the World, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Acts of the Apostles (3:16)
Inspired by that act of Love I wrote the following.
The Great Task
You will go to Bethlehem and there you will be born
and when that day comes it will be Christmas morn.
You will be born in humility amongst the cattle and the hay
and for evermore the World will revere your birthday; Christmas Day.
The time has come for mankind to stop its greed and profanity,
You will go to teach the World a new Way; Christianity.
Teach those who are there the meaning of love.
Teach them how they may hope to come to Heaven here above.
Show the rich that they must help the poor
Teach them that compassion is the key to Heaven’s door.
Teach them that the strong should always help the weak.
Teach them that the mighty should learn to love the meek.
Show them that the children are their future to come.
Teach them to love their children and to protect the innocence of the young.
Teach them to respect the elderly and learn the wisdom of their years.
Teach them the joys of laughter and the sadness that comes with tears.
Above all else you must let them know,
that You are the Way by which they will go.
So teach them to have You foremost in their hearts.
for their way to Heaven is via your path.
When You have completed all that I ask,
You will have achieved the greatest task,
and when all these things have been done,
You will return home here with me my Son.