by Tracy Curtis

 

I hope you understand

Mama has to let you fall

So you can stand up and be a man

 

When you were only 7

Coach Joe said I should take the tit out ya mouth

My eyes squinted, anger blazed

My teeth clinched, his words caused rage.

But now that you’re 17

I understand just what he meant.

Son, you’re still suckin on my breast

Which is worse than a thumb

If I don’t do something soon

You’ll grow to be like some of the rest

 

This life you’ve chosen is not God’s best

The seeds you’re sowing

Will reap a harvest like this:

Trifflin’ without ambition

Coach potato channel surfin

Sarcastic little prick

Looking for another “mama”

But she’ll be full of drama

And a bunch of babies is all you’ll get

Casual relationships

Emotional promiscuity

And even the sex won’t be worth it

You’ll be a leach

a parasite

A blood sucking tick

You’re life will be hell

Living off welfare

You won’t fare well

 

Son, I hope you understand

Mama has to let you fall

So you can stand up and be a man.

For 17 years I have been your safety net

Mama knew what was best

But you don’t know how to fall

Because of mama you’ve never fallen into life, never gotten wet

 

Son, I hope you understand

Mama has to let you fall

So you can stand up and be a man

Your knees are beautiful

Because mine are black and blue

I sheltered you from real pain

Because that’s what mama’s do

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But sheltered is what you are

Sun burned from my sunlight

You’ve never seen night

So you don’t appreciate the stars

 

Son, I hope you understand

Mama has to let you fall

So you can stand up and be a man

Son, giving up on you is not what I’m trying to do

But your future is more than your past

A mother’s love will always last

Through your success and failure too

 

Son, I love you

And I hope you understand

Son, Mama has to…

Mama has to let you fall son…

….let you fall son

….let you fall son.

Son, mama has to let you fall

 

And today you may not understand.

Mama is letting you fall

So you can stand up and be a man

Son, stand up and be a man…

Lord, take care of my baby

I’ve gotta let him go Lord…

Son, you’re in God’s hands.

…stand up son, stand up.

 

You’re not a little boy anymore.

…stand up and be a man.

 

Psalm’s 71 – A man’s prayer:

Son, never be ashamed of dependence upon God. With this petition every true believer may come boldly to the throne of grace. Be grateful for the gracious care of God’s providence in your birth and infancy. He that was your Help from your birth, ought to be your Hope from your youth. Do not expect ease or comfort from the world. Those who love the Lord often are hated and persecuted for their principles and conduct; but the Lord has been their strong refuge and He will be yours too. The faithful servants of God may be assured that He will not cast them off in old age, nor forsake them when their strength fails (Ps 71:14-24).

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Meditation: The rod and rebuke give wisdom, But a child left to himself brings shame to his mother. – Proverbs 29:15

You will succeed because Jesus loves You!

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