Wednesday, December 28, 2011


I read this book when I was in high school. It was a favorite called Charlie's Monument by Blaine Yorgason.
At the end of the book was this poem.
I loved it then and I love it still.

Since I print my blog into a book, I wanted to be sure to have this in it.
It had a profound effect on me as a teenager.

before He sent his children to earth
gave each of them
a very carefully selected package
of problems.

He promised, smiling,
are yours alone. No one
else may have the blessings
these problems will bring you.

And only you
have the special talents and abilities
that will be needed
to make these problems
your servants.

Now go down to your birth
and to your forgetfulness, know that
I love you beyond measure.
These problems that I give you
are a symbol of that love.

The monuments you make of your life,
with the help of your problems,
will be a symbol of your
love for me.

Your Father.


Cherie said...

I remember well this book AND this poem! Thank you for bringing into focus something I had long forgotten. It definately is a good poem with a great message!

Cherie said...


Kerin said...

I too remembered reading that book.
When our kids were in jr. high, I bought a new copy and they read it also.

Thanks for sharing that great poem.
Sure helps put things in perspective...doesn't it ?!

Hope you have a monumental year :)

Brenda said...

Wow, I remember that book too! Thanks for the stroll down memory lane!
Happy New Year!

jen said...

Read that when I was a kid, then someone suggested it to Tucker when he was about ten and struggling through a rough time. Thanks for a fun memory jog.

Julie Harward said...

I remember the book and slightly remember the is beautiful and means more now I am down that road a ways! Happy New Year sweet lady! ps..guess how slow I am...I just found your follower thingy below! LOL ;D

Sherrie said...

I have always loved that book and that poem! Brings back lots of memories. Wow! Thanks for the reminder.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing the poem. Wishing you a wonderful day, Tauna.

Mikki said...

This is beautiful! Thanks for sharing it.

gigi said...

Never heard that poem before, makes so much sense. I'll go in serch of the book :)
Happy blessed new year, my friend!

just call me jo said...

I need to read that. Love the poem. I fear that my monuments are a bit wabbly. I need to work on that. Thanks for the reminder!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Wow, what a wonderful poem and thought. My sister and I talked about something similar just this week. Thanks so much for posting this - I'd never read it. blessings, marlene

Yvonne said...

I remember reading it many years ago.

Thanks for the reminder of that poem. It really is a wonderful message.

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I love the poem and the truths within it. So fabulous!!!

Life is good! said...

i still have that book and i still read that book! love it. have a happy new year! and thanks for the reminder.

tammy said...

I had forgotten about that book. Thanks for posting this!

Ginger said...

I remember that book, but can't remember if I read it or not! I'll have to check it out and read it. Thanks so much for sharing the poem. I have a friend who is in need of this today. :)

Laura Lynn said...

Beautiful. I love that! I hope you had a great Christmas!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I have never seen this. It is very powerful.

Heather said...

That is a great poem! What a great perspective it has on problems!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

I am sharing this beautiful post with my Kaci even though she is not a teenager yet she will love it.
Girlfriend I had to come by and tell you I laughed so hard when I read your comment tonight I scared Tinkerbell. Dang girl you are toooooo darn funny.
Love ya

Chatty Crone said...

I've always thought this - no matter what my problems have been - and I've had a few (!) - I still wouldn't trade my life for anyone else. I liked that poem.


" Hit It......." said...

I have never heard of this book, but I love this poem. Thank you for sharing.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I've never heard of the book, but I loved the poem. They might be a little young, but I just shared it with my girls who are up way past their bedtime. My 7-yr-old's response, "cool."

Emmy said...

Oh I do like this. Who do you use to print our blog?

Queenie Jeannie said...

Awesome-sauce!!! Loved this - thank you!

Happy New Year!

Yolanda said...

I like this a lot and wish you the best new year ever.

Valerie said...

That book made a huge impact in my life! Imagine my thrill when I found out the Yorgason brother's little sister was one of my mom's best childhood friends....
I bought that book for my daughter to read, but she refused. Inigo is my only hope to pass the beauty of those words on to.