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Prayer For The Children Of The World

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Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Mathew 19:14) ….. This prayer is often used by Rev. W. Robert Martin, III during children’s baptisms at the First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto.…. Among other things, this prayer speaks to the fact that God cherishes the world’s children, and they all deserve a chance to grow in God’s grace and abundance.


We pray for children who sneak popsicles before supper, who erase holes in math workbooks, who can never find their shoes, and who laugh in the midst of worship.

We pray for children who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire fences, who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, who never play “Duck-Duck-Goose,” who are born in places we wouldn’t be caught dead in, who never go to the circus, and who live in an x-rated world.

We pray for children who bring us sticky kisses and fists full of dandelions, who hug us in a hurry and too quickly forget their lunch money.

We pray for children who never get dessert, who have no safe blanket to drag behind them, who can’t find any bread to steal, who don’t have any rooms to clean up, whose pictures are not on anybody’s dresser, and whose monsters are real.

We pray for children who spend all of their allowance before Tuesday, who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food, who like ghost stories, who shove dirty clothes under the bed and never rinse out the tub, who get visits from the tooth fairy, who don’t like to be kissed in front of the car-pool, who squirm in church and scream in the phone, whose tears we sometime laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

We pray for children whose nightmares come in the daytime, who will eat anything, who have never seen a doctor or a dentist, who aren’t spoiled by anyone, who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep, and who live and move, but have no being.

We pray for children who want to be carried and for those who must, for children whom we never give up on and for those who never get a second chance, for children we smother with affection and for those who will grab the hand of anyone kind enough to offer it, and for children who are battered and bruised by the un-named injustices in our society.


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