Editor’s note: We are grateful to Dan for sharing the following poem with us. As you can see, we welcome submissions from men as well as women!
~by Daniel M. Tucker
Dan writes: I have given “God’s Plan” on Father’s Day in our last ward congregation and it was published in our local paper.
Does God Have A Plan?
As I struggle through life while I am here on earth,
I wonder what happened before my birth.
It’s a thought that never struck me while I was a teen,
My body was hard and lean and mean.
“I will live forever” was the attitude I had,
Then I got married and became a dad.
The morning our first child was born, I’ll never forget;
When I held her, I thought, “Is this the first time we’ve met”
As she looked at me so helpless, I started to cry.
Where did she come from, and how, and why?
In some distance place did our spirits know each other?
Did I know my wife, my dad or my mother?
When we leave the womb is that when it all starts,
Or from a spiritual existence did we just depart?
Now I am a grandfather, time has slipped by;
But when a grandchild is born I still have to cry.
I am more convinced than ever; we are part of a plan
That is all controlled by God’s gentle hand.
I believe there is an existence before our birth.
We now live by faith while we sojourn on earth.
“A soul has a great worth,” we are told by God’s Son.
It doesn’t make sense if at death it’s all done.
So now I wonder, “What is it that makes me, me?”
I know I have a body that I can feel and see,
But my thoughts, my memories, the things that I try,
Is that my spirit, and do spirits ever die?
If there were a plan, it wouldn’t be complete
If our loved ones and Christ we again couldn’t meet.
So I’m not too worried when it comes time to die
Blessings are in store if I live right, and I try.
As I look all around, the thoughts I have now
Are that life just goes on, I don’t know when, why or how.
But when a great-grandchild is born after I die
Will I get to watch? Do I still get to cry?
By: Daniel M. Tucker
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To learn more about God’s plan for us, see the following:
Plan of Happiness— more about Mormon beliefs at Mormon.org
The Plan of Salvation — information and articles about God’s plan at lds.org
The Plan of Salvation— article at Why Mormonism? (unofficial site)
Plan of Happiness (“Who am I? Why am I here? What’s it all for?”) — Prezi presentation about God’s plan
Great poem Dan. Yesterday I was pondering similar things as this and was very happy to have a small understanding of God’s plan.
Thanks for this poem. The grand plan of God brings such peace and perspective. And as your poem notes, it just makes sense, too — that we are more than just who we are in this temporary sphere, that we lived before and will live again, and that family relationships matter and can last beyond death.
I was touched by your poem and am so proud of you DAD!!! You inspire all of us children and have given us a wonderful example of how to live life and how important this existence is in the circle of life. I love you Daddy!!