Okay…after yesterday’s LENGTHY and hopefully thought and action provoking post, I thought I would tame it down it a little bit again.
I first heard this prayer, written by Ina Hughes, shortly after one of the many school shootings that have plagued our country. I have used it as a personal prayer, a blessing prayer for children in congregations and as a worship prayer.
This video does a pretty good job of capturing the spirit of the prayer, although with this particular prayer, I am happy with just the text.
This week, as our congregation prepares for our Children’s Sabbath worship service, I want my thoughts and prayers to be with children everywhere. I hope that I can share with you some ways that you can do the same.
I have long been haunted by the words and melody that make up this song and have only attempted to sing it with a group one time. It was quite difficult, possibly because it is just so emotionally draining to sing. However, I love the message of this song and this video artist does a wonderful job capturing the nightmarish images that flash through my mind when I hear it.
“Can you hear the prayer of the children in your own heart…a prayer for love and forgiveness.”
As long as children like these find themselves living in a world filled with Christians, I will always be not quite home…