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WE PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN

WE PRAY FOR THE CHILDREN

 

We pray for the children

 

 

. . . who sneak a popsicle before supper,

 

. . . who erase holes in math workbooks,

 

. . . who can never find their shoes.

 

 

We pray for the children

 

 

. . . who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,

 

. . . who can't bounce down the street in a new pair of sneakers,

 

. . . who never "counted potatoes,"

 

. . . who are born in places where we wouldn't think of going,

 

. . . who never get to go camping,

 

. . . who live in an X-rated world.

 

 

We pray for the children

 

 

. . . who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,

 

. . . who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.

 

 

We pray for the children

 

 

. . . who never get dessert,

 

. . . who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,

 

. . . who watch their parents watch them die,

 

. . . who can't find any bread to steal,

 

. . . who don't have any rooms to clean up,

 

. . . whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser,

 

. . . whose monsters are real.

 

 

We pray for the children

 

 

. . . who spend all 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

 

. . . who never rinse out the tub,

 

. . . who get visits from the tooth fairy,

 

. . . who don't like to be kissed in front of the carpool,

 

. . . who squirm in church and scream in the phone,

 

. . . whose tears we sometimes laugh at and

 

. . . whose smiles can make us cry.

 

 

We pray for the children

 

 

. . . 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 the children

 

 

. . . who want to be carried and for those who must,

 

. . . who we never give up on

 

. . . and for those who don't get a second chance.

 

. . . For those we smother and

 

. . . for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

 

 

-- Author Unknown

 


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