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Praying and standing for children

MARIAN WRIGHT EDELMAN | 9/11/2017, 9:33 a.m.
As a new school year begins, I want to share prayers for our children, all of them, and for caring ...
Marian Wright Edelman

Children’s Defense Fund

As a new school year begins, I want to share prayers for our children, all of them, and for caring adults to be God’s hands and feet standing for children everywhere in these very difficult times in our nation and around our shared world.

We especially pray for every child living in cities, towns, rural areas, neighborhoods and homes devastated by winds and floods without a safe space to escape to or a place to call home and whose lives have been upended by forces they cannot control.

We pray and stand for children blessed by parents who care and for children without a parent or anyone who cares at all.

We pray and stand for children filled with joy and for children whose days and nights are joyless or terrifying.

We pray and stand for children with hope and for children whose spirits have been dimmed and dashed.

We pray and stand for children high on play and study and laughter and for children high on pot, heroin, cocaine, and prescription opioids or who see their parents struggling with addiction.

We pray and stand for children for whom we pray every day and for children who have no one to pray them along life’s way.

We pray and stand for children poised by circumstance to soar and conquer life’s challenges and for children bogged down by the pain of survival and unbearable losses.

We pray and stand for children who love to read and for children who can’t read at all, for children who learn with excitement and for children told by adults that they cannot achieve.

We pray and stand for children who expect and are helped to succeed and for children whom no one believes in or helps to succeed.

We pray that we will be a help and not a hindrance to children we call our own and to all the children You created who are part of our family too.

Oh I Am Who I Am

Hear the cries of Your children

Who are ravaged by violence, poverty, racism, neglect or natural disasters

Scared, profiled, arrested, and imprisoned by those in authority

Ignored by those with power as they languish in crumbling schools and neighborhoods and teeming shelters

Labeled often by some entrusted with their education as dumb, disruptive, retarded, and failures

Marginalized by those who vote and are elected because they cannot vote or make campaign contributions

Resented by some of those forced to care for them in our too often inhumane child welfare and juvenile justice systems

Hear our cries for our children all powerful God

Fight their battles, turn the hearts and transform the actions of those who will not let our children escape the darkness of violence and drugs and poverty

Open the Red Sea to their opportunity and hopefulness about their futures

Send them Your manna in the wilderness and

Lead us and our children into the promised land.

God our creator and protector: