I want to share a beautiful prayer for children that was adapted from a prayer by Ina J. Hughs.
Dear Lord, we pray for children who sneak popsicles before supper and who can never find their shoes. And 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 X-rated world.
We pray for children who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of flowers, who hug parents 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 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 shove dirty clothes under the bed, and never rinse out the tub, who get visits from the tooth fairy, who don't like to be kissed in front of the car pool, whose tears we sometime laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.
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.
We pray for children who want to be carried and for those who must be carried. We pray for those we never give up on and for those who never seem to get a second chance.
May this prayer for children be our prayer!