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04/04/15 Weekend Grif.Net – Prayer for the Children of the World

04/04/15 Weekend Grif.Net – Prayer for the Children of the World

PASTOR:
Lord, we pray for children who put chocolate fingers everywhere, who like to
be tickled, who stomp in puddles and ruin their new Easter outfits, who
sneak Popsicles before supper, and can never find their shoes.

CONGREGATION:
And we pray for those who have no shoes, who stare at photographers from
behind barbed wire, who never “count potatoes”, who are born in places we
wouldn’t be caught dead in, who never go to the circus, who live in an
x-rated world.

ALL: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

PASTOR:
Lord, we pray for children who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of
dandelions, who sleep with the dog and bury goldfish, who hug us in a hurry
and forget their lunch money, who cover their owies with band-aids and sing
off-key, who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink, who slurp their soup.

CONGREGATION:
And we pray for those who never get soup, who have no safe blankets to drag
behind them, who watch their parents die, who can’t find any bread to steal,
have no rooms to clean up, whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser, and
whose monsters are real.

ALL: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

PASTOR:
Lord, we pray for children who spend all their allowance before Tuesday, who
throw temper tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food, who like
ghost stories, 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 friends, who squirm in church and scream in the phone, whose tears
we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

CONGREGATION:
And we pray for those who have no allowance, 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 be carried; for those 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 anyone kind enough to offer it.

ALL: Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. Amen.

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Dr Bob Griffin
bob@grif.net www.grif.net
“Jesus Knows Me, This I Love!”