A Prayer to the God of All Children

A Prayer to the God of All Children

O God of the children of Somalia, Sarajevo,
South Africa, and South Carolina,
Of Albania, Alabama, Bosnia, and Boston,
Of Cracow and Cairo, Chicago and Croatia,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

O God of black and brown and white and Albino children
and those all mixed together,
Of rich and poor children and those in between,
Of children who speak English, Russian, Spanish, and Hmong, and
languages our ears cannot discern,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

O God of the child prodigy and child prostitute,
Of the child of rapture and the child of rape,
Of run or thrown-away children who struggle every day without parent or place or friend or future,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

Oh God of the children who can walk and talk and hear
and see and sing and dance and jump and play and
of children who wish they could but can’t,
Of children who are loved and unloved, wanted and unwanted;
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

O God of beggar, beaten, abused, neglected,
AIDS, drug, and hunger-ravaged children,
Of children who are emotionally and physically and mentally fragile and
of those who rebel and ridicule, torment, and taunt,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

O God of children of destiny and of despair, of war and of peace,
Of disfigured, diseased, and dying children,
Of children without hope and of children with hope to spare and
to share,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

Written by Marian Wright Edelman in “Standing for Children”
for “The Tanner Lectures on Human Values,” 1997

National Child Day, November 20.

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About R.H. (Rusty) Foerger

As I enter the third third of life, I am becoming aware of the role of elders today “to enlarge spiritual vision, being devoted to prayer, living in the face of death, as a living curriculum of the Christian life” (Dr. James M. Houston). I am a life long and life wide learner who seeks to: *decipher the enigma of our worth *rescue from the agony of prayerlessness *integrate spiritual friendship.
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One Response to A Prayer to the God of All Children

  1. Elle says:

    Seems like she covered them all! I have a book called “window on the world” and i’ve read that to my kids and we’ve prayed each week for a different culture as we learned about how they think and their traditions. It helps to see how they do and why they believe as they do.

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