A Child Laughs — Litany for Traveling Children

There’s an old nursery rhyme – “Tuesday’s child is full of grace.” In October I started sharing sections from the new book — A Child Laughs — Prayers of Justice and Hope (edited by Maria Mankin and Maren C. Tirabassi) Pilgrim Press, May 1, 2017. I paused for Advent and Christmastide and pick up again in the season of Epiphany we can share some.

This book asks the question — what does it take for all the children in the world, to be not only fed and sheltered and safe but also to be able to laugh. More than one hundred themes and issues crucial to hope and justice were crowd-sourced to create this collaborative anthology of fifty-two reflections from seventy-seven writers in eleven different countries. Of course I would love to have my readers buy this book, but even more I want you to hear some of these voices, each so very different. So every week I’m going to share a prayer or reflection or poem from one of these. 

Today I share a litany for traveling children in honors of Dreamers everywhere.

Litany for Traveling Children
(with thanks to Psalm 85:10)

For children who flee bombs falling, across waters where others have drowned, past boundaries of razor wire.

May an open heart and an open home meet; may hope and happiness hold hands.

For children who journey alone, seeking family who has gone ahead, fearing being caught and sent back to death or poverty.

May an open heart and an open home meet; may hope and happiness hold hands.

For children who travel with the seasons of fruit and vegetables, visiting school after school, clinic after clinic, local library, ball field, playground — longing for welcome.

May an open heart and an open home meet; may hope and happiness hold hands.

For children who are left with many siblings and one stressed parent when the other is deported, who may be filled with grief or anger, fear or confusion.

May an open heart and an open home meet; may hope and happiness hold hands.

For minors whose childhood has been stolen, who run from gang recruitment, forced child soldiering, child marriage, abusive labor practices.

May an open heart and an open home meet; may hope and happiness hold hands.

For children who know they are athletes, artists, poets, mathematicians, musicians, and need nurture to share their gifts.

May an open heart and an open home meet; may hope and happiness hold hands.

For children who love their heritage, wish their parents would lighten up about it a little, and just want to fit in with new friends.

May an open heart and an open home meet; may hope and happiness hold hands.

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