Tuesday’s Child — A Prayer for Young People from Brazil

A Child Laughs — Prayers of Justice and Hope (edited by Maria Mankin and Maren C. Tirabassi) Pilgrim Press, May 1, 2017, 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 share a prayer or reflection or poem from one of these. 

This week is a “Prayer for Young People” by
Luiz Carlos Ramos is a Methodist pastor in Brazil, and also teaches liturgy and homiletics.

God, we thank you
for the young people we have now
and for the young people we once were
for the youth we see now and
for the youth we once had;

for the young men and women in our midst
and for the young man and

woman that still lives within each of us.
We thank you
for the ongoing transformation of the world the youth foster
and for the constant transformation
you cause in the life of each youth.

God who makes all things new,
keep these young people from conforming to this present age;
that they may not be formed by the media, by today’s trends

or bad habits;
but that they may be transformed by the renewing of the mind
and by the gift of the their bodies as a living offering,
holy and
pleasing to you.
That these young men and women may not be merely happy, but joyful;
that they may not be only healthy, but mindful;

that they may not be just strong, but open-minded;
that they may not be only intelligent, but that they may become wise;
that they may not be youthful in their look, but in their essence;

in a word, that they may not be the child of this present culture,
but sons and daughters of the Living God,

so they may embody the Love, work for Peace,
and may practice Justice.
in the name of Jesus Christ,
the young person who not only revolutionized the world with his ideas,
but also saved humankind with his love.


translation by Paulo Gustavo França
Senhor, agradecemos-te
pelos jovens que temos e pelos jovens que fomos
pela juventude que vemos e pela juventude que tivemos;
pelos jovens que estão entre nós e pelo jovem que ainda está dentro de
cada um de nós.
pela transformação permanente do mundo que os jovens promovem e pela transformação constante que tu fazes na vida de cada jovem.
Senhor, tu que fazes novas todas as coisas,
não permitas que estes jovens se conformem com o presente século; que não sejam formados pela mídia, pela moda ou pelos maus modos; que sejam antes transformados pela renovação da mente
e pela oferta dos seus corpos como sacrifício vivo, santo e agradável a ti.
Que estes jovens não sejam meramente alegres, mas felizes; que não sejam somente saudáveis, mas conscientes;
que não sejam apenas fortes, mas tolerantes;
que não cresçam unicamente em estatura, mas em graça; que não sejam só inteligentes, mas que se tornem sábios; que não sejam crédulos, mas crentes;
que não sejam jovens na aparência, mas na essência; enfim, que não sejam fruto do presente século,
mas filhos e filhas do Deus vivo
para que vivam o Amor, que promovam a Paz,
e pratiquem a Justiça.
em nome de Jesus Cristo,
o jovem que não somente revolucionou o mundo com suas ideias, mas salvou a humanidade com seu amor.

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3 Responses to Tuesday’s Child — A Prayer for Young People from Brazil

  1. beachtreeatthec@comcast.net says:

    As I pray for my grandchildren And every ones.


    Sent from my iPhone


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