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A baby dying
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This poem is not written from personal experience (Thank God)..... however having had two healthy precious baby daughters grow up safely does not prevent me from thinking about all the people in the world who have suffered the tragedy of losing a child.
There is a very old gravestone in England that marks the place where an infant child was laid to rest. The inscription on the gravestone is simply:

IF IT IS SO SOON I'M DONE FOR
WHAT ON EARTH WAS I BEGUN FOR?

This struck me as a very simple way of a grieving parent asking God why a child should die.
If I was God I would have no explanation that I can think of to answer that question.
Although the poem is very sad , I would like to think there is still some divine purpose to the presence of us all on the earth, however brief our stay may be.

by Stephen Hiron

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