The Vision of the Heart

A Tribute in Poetry and Prose to the Healing Mission of Astor Services for Children & Families

A book by David A. Crenshaw

child's drawing of a heart, from A Vision Of The HeartThe Vision of the Heart, A tribute in poetry and prose to the healing mission of Astor Services for Children & Families, a work of love by David A. Crenshaw, Ph.D., Board Member, Astor Services for Children & Families.

This 63-page book contains original poetry and prose about children, parenting, home, attachment and losses, trauma, spirituality, healing, and more, and is illustrated with full color artworks by children of the Astor Home.

Dr. Crenshaw was a clinician for over 30 years in the residential treatment of emotionally disturbed, often abused and traumatized children. He retired from the staff of Astor Services for Children & Families in 2001. He now serves on its Board of Directors as Secretary of the Board, and is a Member of its Executive Board Operations Committee.

from The Vision of the Heart:

Thank God for Children!

Children teach us to smile even if their own troubles
stretch a country mile.
Thank God for children!

Children teach us to see,
to wonder, to explore, and the courage to be,
Thank God for children!

Children show us the way,
when we become so jaded we have nothing to say,
Thank God for children!

We also once were one,
but sadly for so many that sense of wonder is gone.
Thank God for children!

The divine spark in children still glows.
It can light our way until our spirit like a river once again flows.
Thank God for children!

Children teach us about courage, hope, and caring.
Their urgent plea is for the adults of the world to find their bearing.
Thank God for children!

Let us listen intently to their voices,
for the lessons of the heart children can teach, the whole world rejoices.
Thank God for children!

child's lilies painting, from A Vision Of The HeartYour donation to Astor of $10 entitles you to receive a copy of David Crenshaw’s touching and thought-provoking book! All proceeds benefit the children of Astor Services.

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