Everything is New

Everything is New

Or, What I learned from my grandson this summer:

He hides to be found
and runs to be caught.

He cries for some comfort
and giggles when glad.

He eats till he sleeps
and sleeps till he eats.

Everything is new,
Every thing is new.

He’s a consuming machine
and go, go, goes till he’s tired.

He plays to have fun
He’s serious – inspired!

He burns out his fuel till he’s tired again
and gets back to work the very next day.

Everything is new,
Every thing is new.

There’s no cupboard unchecked,
nor pot or pan left in place.

There’s no toy un-inspected
or left lost and unpackaged.

There’s no tunnel not crawled into
nor drawer, nor closet too.

Everything is new,
Every thing is new.

He sways something powerful o’er me
as I watch o’er him sleep

Or as I feed him, bathe him,
clean and change him,

Or as I carry and tote him
or let him wrestle me down.

Everything is new,
Every thing is new.

He’s simple and mysterious
this little one, this mighty one.

He makes me laugh like a kid
or sad to be without him.

When exactly did he cast this spell o’er me,
with a wink or a nod, giggle or smile?

Everything is new!
Every thing is new.


Written for Peter,  Summer 2017

Such was the summer I had; pure joy connecting a prayer for my son on his wedding day, to this poem for my grandson just before he’d return with my daughter and son-in-law back across the Pacific. Everything is new!

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.”                     II Corinthians 4:16 – 17


About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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4 Responses to Everything is New

  1. Tina Thomas says:

    great rusty!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. This is so great! We truly do see life so differently through our children, or in your case your grandchild.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Yes, this time round, I have the advantage of being able to take it all in; my impression is that grand parents can be “better” at grand-parenting than we were at parenting; but through it all, its all grace. Grace to you.


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