Love, Faith & Stewardship

"Verily, I say unto you, this generation shall not pass away until all that has been hidden is brought again into the light; for it is the epoch for the fulfillment of promise"
Oracles of Celestine Light, Nexus 1:21

Cats In The Cradle

by Sandy & Harry Chapin
Copyright 2005 Corporation of the Regent of the Church of Celestine Light
All rights reserved.

Introduction by Jesse Love: I’m sure many of you remember this song from the 70’s sung by Harry Chapin. It’s still a popular folk song. His wife Sandy wrote the original lyrics as a poem and after the birth of their son, Harry added the music and the chorus. The lyrics and tune are quite catchy. And the lyrics are presented here as a stand alone sermon. They convey quite a powerful message about the importance of taking time with your children and family, no matter how busy you think you may need to be with other things, even important things like making money to feed and shelter your family.

The truth is that T-I-M-E is how children spell LOVE and every day the sand is running out of the hour glass that is the small window of opportunity we have to establish a bond with them that lasts a lifetime, and as it says in Proverbs, “To teach them in the ways that they should go, so that when they are older, they will not depart from them.”

A child arrived just the other day
He came to the world in the usual way
But there were planes to catch,
and bills to pay
He learned to walk while I was away,
and he was
Talkin’ ‘fore I knew it,
and as he grew, he said:
I’m gonna be like you, dad,
You know I’m gonna be like you

And the cat’s in the cradle, and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home, dad,
I don’t know when
But we’ll have a good time then, son
You know we’ll have a good time then.

My son turned ten just the other day,
he said
Thanks for the ball, dad,
come on let’s play
Can you teach me to throw,
I said not today,
I got a lot to do,
he said that’s okay
And he walked away but his smile never dimmed,
he said
I’m gonna be like him, yeah
You know I’m gonna be like him.

And the cat’s in the cradle, and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home, dad,
I don’t know when
But we’ll have a good time then, son
You know we’ll have a good time then.

Well he came from college just the other day
So much like a man I just had to say
Son I’m proud of you,
can we sit for a while?
He shook his head, and said, with a smile
What I’d really like, dad,
is to borrow the car keys
See ya later, can I have them please?

And the cat’s in the cradle,
and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home, son,
I don’t know when
But we’ll have a good time then, dad
You know we’ll have a good time then.

I’ve long since retired,
my son’s moved away
I called him up just the other day.
I said, I’d like to see you,
if you don’t mind, he said
I’d love to, dad,
if I could find the time.
You see my new job’s a hassle and the kids got the flu
But it’s been sure nice talkin’ to you, yeah
Sure nice talkin’ to you.
And as I hung up the phone it occured to me,
He’d grown up just like me, yeah.
My boy was just like me.

And the cat’s in the cradle,
and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man on the moon
When you comin’ home, son,
I don’t know when
But we’ll have a good time then, dad
You know we’ll have a good time then.

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