A Prayer for Children

God, we pray for the daughters
of Zamfara, Nigeria,
kidnapped in the night,
from Jangebe town,
as many as three hundred taken
from Government Girls Secondary School.

We pray for children unaccompanied
at the US southern border,
seeking to be reunited
with families and sponsors,
waiting in shelters
strained by covid precautions.

We pray for children
endangered in their own homes,
by people who should love them,
or bullied in school,
neighborhood, online,
or struggling just to learn
in this year’s
fractured education.

God, my morning news shows
a pile of sandals
left in the Nigerian dust.

Let me never rest
until we find all the children,
hold them, wash their weary feet,
tell them it’s not some heaven,
but here and now –
that all God’s children
have shoes.

Amen

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10 Responses to A Prayer for Children

  1. Laurie Rowan says:

    Thank you, Maren. My heart breaks for the these girls and their families, s it does for the boys kidnapped earlier this month. I pray for their safety and the reuniting of these and all children with their families.

  2. Jessica McArdle says:

    Truly and amen. Prayers for all of God’s children.

  3. Amen “May we never rest” powerful in full agreement with your prayers

  4. Andrea Stoeckel says:

    …”Let me never rest
    until we find all the children,
    hold them, wash their weary feet,
    tell them it’s not some heaven,
    but here and now –
    that all God’s children
    have shoes.”

    O my Lord! I didn’t think I had any tears left

  5. Maren says:

    Thank you for your compassionate heart.

  6. Terry Farish says:

    Thank you for this prayer.

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