I'll lend you for a little while, a child of mine, God said.
For you to love while she lives and mourn for when she's dead.
It may be six or seven years, or forty-two or three.
But will you, till I call her back, take care of her for me?
She'll bring her charms to gladden you and should her stay be brief,
You'll always have her memories as a solace in your grief.
I cannot promise she will stay, since all from earth return,
But there are lessons taught below I want this child to learn.
I've looked this whole world over in my search for teachers true,
And from the folks that crowd Life's Lane I have chosen you.
Now will you give her all your love and not think the labor vain?
Nor hate me when I come to take this lent child back again?
I fancy that I heard you say “Dear God, thy will be done.
For all the joys this child will bring the risk of grief we'll run.
We will shelter her with tenderness, we'll love her while we may
And for all the happiness we've ever known, we'll ever grateful stay.
But should the angels call her much sooner than we'd planned
We will brave the bitter grief that comes and try to understand."
~ Author Unknown
I am the mother of Fallen Hero, Marine LcCpl Nathaniel Schultz. I feel your pain deep within my heart. The poem above brought me much comfort and I pray it brings you comfort as well. Giving one's life for your country is the highest act of patriotism possible. Your daughter was a true patriot. Her bravery and valor are evident. She died defending freedom for the country she loved so dearly. We wanted to let you know how very sorry we are. Please extend our sympathy to your entire family.
God Bless You and God Bless America.