Prayer for Wednesday (Ash Wednesday)

Today is Ash Wednesday in western Christian traditions. It is also the birthday of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.

Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking
they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do.
If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished.
They can still play with that person the following day.
Dalai Lama XIV

O God of the children of Somalia, Sarajevo, South Africa and South Carolina
Of Albania, Alabama, Bosnia, and Boston,
Of Cracow, and Cairo, Chicago, and Croatia,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

O God of Black and Brown and White and Albino
children and those all mixed together,
Of children who are rich and poor and in between,
Of children who speak English and Spanish and Russian and
Hmong and languages our ears cannot discern,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

O God of the child prodigy and the child prostitute of the child of
rapture and the child of rape,
Of the runaway or thrown away children who struggle every day
without parent or place of friend or future.
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

O God of children who can walk and talk and hear and see and
sing and dance and jump and play and of children who wish
they could but can’t,
Of children who are loved and unloved, wanted and unwanted,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

O God of beggar, beaten, abused, neglected, homeless, AIDS,
drug, and hunger-ravaged children,
Of children who are emotionally and physically and mentally fragile,
and of children who rebel and ridicule, torment and taunt,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

O God of children of destiny and of despair, of war and of peace,
Of disfigured, diseased, and dying children.
Of children without hope and of children with hope to spare and to share,
Help us to love and respect and protect them all.

(Guide My Feet by Marian Wright Edelman)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“Every atom of my being is resonating with joy and happiness now.”

(For more on Affirmations, go to my Affirmations Page.)

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