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A Prayer for the Children
We pray for the children who sneak popsicles
before supper, who erase holes in math
workbooks, who can never find their shoes.
We pray for those who stare at photographers
from behind barbed wire, who can't bound down
the street in a new pair of sneakers, who are
born in places where we wouldn't be caught dead,
who never go to the circus, who live in an
We pray for children who bring us sticky kisses
and fistfuls of dandelions, who hug us in a
hurry and forget their lunch money. And we pray
for those 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 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
And we pray for those 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 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.
“Some of the choices in life will
choose you. How you will face these choices, the
turns in the road, with what kind of attitude, more
than the choices themselves, is what will define the
context of your life.”
—Dana Reeve (1961-2006)
"My message and my preaching were not with wise
and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of
the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not
rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power"
Man is fond of counting his
troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he
counted them up as he ought to, he would see that
every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
The soul is healed by being with
You don't have
to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people
to stop reading them.
you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any
comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any
tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being
like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and
purpose. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but
in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you
should look not only to your own interests, but also to the
interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of
Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:1-5)
If I hadn't had children, I probably would have had
more money and material things. I probably
would have gone more places, gotten more sleep,
pampered myself more. My life would have been
much more boring and predictable. As a result
of being a parent, I have laughed harder, cried more
often. I have worried more and hurried more.
I've had less sleep, but somehow I've had more fun.
I've learned more, grown more. My heart has
ached harder, and I've loved to a capacity beyond my
imagination. I've given more of myself, but
I've derived more meaning from life.
—Marianne Neifert, M. D.
"One person can make a difference. Eleanor Roosevelt said, 'Most of the good
work in the world is done by people who weren't feeling well the day they did
it.' What's important is not what we do when we feel great, but what we do when
we feel lousy, when we've been up all night with a sick child or when we go to
work with a migraine and hear that one of our co-workers is in trouble....
....People also needn't feel that they
must change the world single-handedly. There are many people working on the
project. Just because a person can't do everything doesn't mean he should do
-Dr. Mary Pipher in
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