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who don’t have any rooms to clean up,whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,whose monsters are real.We pray or childrenwho spend all their allowance beore Tuesday,who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pickat their ood,who like ghost stories,who shove dirty clothes under the bed, and never rinse out the tub,who get visits rom the tooth airy,who don’t like to be kissed in ront o the carpool,who squirm in worship and scream in the phone,whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.And we pray or thosewhose 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 or children who want to be carriedand or those who must,or those we never give up on and or those whodon’t get a second chance,or those we smother and or those who will grabthe hand o anybody kind enough to oer it.
— Ina J. Hughes
LITANY FOR THE CHILDREN
Deender o the oppressed and the orphan, we pray or all children in our nation and ourworld who suer rom poverty, injustice, and ear.Hear the cries o your children, O God.For children who are runaways, homeless, in institutions or jails,In your tender mercy, encourage and strengthen them, O God.For children who are disabled in mind or body,In your tender mercy, provide them ood, O God.For babies born at risk, or children who are sick, and or those who lack proper healthcare, especially pregnant teenagers,In your tender mercy, help and sustain them, O God.
“For childrenwho aredisabled inmind or body,In your tendermercy, providethem food,O God.”