Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It's Hard to Hug a Porcupine
Just when you let your guard down and you show her some affection,
She'll do her best to injure you, shoot quills in your direction.
Oh, it's hard to hug a porcupine, to cuddle would be silly,
And if you could avoid one, well, it would be wise to, really,
But if you have no choice to, put a leather vest and glove on,
Protect yourself most carefully if you've a porcupine to love on.
RAD kids are like porcupines, they seem all kind and gentle,
Until you try to love one you don't know they're temperamental.
As soon as you get close to one, to love, to be a mother,
The prickly porcupine comes out; they'll fight you like no other.
And it's hard to love a porcupine, to even want to see one.
It helps to think of all the things that caused your child to be one,
But still the daily struggle, when they hate you with a passion,
Soon it breaks your will to love and wears away compassion.
How do you hug a porcupine, when her quills stand at the ready?
You arm yourself with righteousness and truth and faith and prayer,
And you trust the love of Jesus to teach your porcupine you care.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.