Have you ever seen one of those dogs,
In the home of a young family,
Whose ears are tugged on,
Whose mouth is examined,
Who tolerates abuse from bipolar toddlers,
And still cares for the child who takes his toys away?
Curling up to take a nap with his little dictator,
Comforting the child who doesn’t get her way,
Caring enough to watch over his family,
Even when that means sacrifice.
Surely Lord, this is what it means to put on leadership,
And bear with those we struggle to comfort.