Build Me a 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 that 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 learncompassion for those that fail.
我祈求你，不要使他走上安逸、舒适之途，求你将他置于困 难和挑战的磨练和激励中，求你引领他,使他学习在风暴中挺 身站立，并学会怜悯那些在重压之下失敗跌倒的人。
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 be serious, yet never take himself 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.
Then, I，his father, will dare to whisper, “I have not lived in vain.”