We Pray for Children...

We Pray for Children...

by Ina J. Hughes

We pray for children who sneak chocolate before dinner and who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire, who are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead and who never get a chance to go to the circus.

We pray for children who give us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions, who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.

We pray for those who never get ice cream, who can't find any bread to steal, who don't have any rooms to clean, whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser, whose monsters are real.

We pray for children who throw tantrums in the supermarket and pick at their food, who like ghost stories, throw dirty clothes under the bed, and never rinse out the bath.

We pray for children who get visits from the Tooth Fairy, who don't like to be kissed in front of their friends, who fidget in church and shout on their mobiles.

We pray for children whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those whose nightmares come in the daytime, who will eat anything, who have never seen a dentist, who aren't spoiled by anybody, who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep, who live and move but have no being.

We pray for children who want to be carried and those who must be carried; for those we never give up on and for those who don't get a second chance.




'And Jesus took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.'   Mark 10:16