Prayer for Friday

The Hindu festival of Chaitra Navratri  and the Iroquois Thunder Ceremony continue today.

As long as one dissident is in prison, our freedom will not be true.
As long as one child is hungry, our lives will be filled with anguish and shame.
What all these victims need above all is to know that they are not alone;
that we are not forgetting them,
that when their voices are stifled we shall lend them ours,
that while their freedom depends on ours,
the quality of our freedom depends on theirs.
~ Elie Wiesel, Nobel acceptance speech (1986)

Father, bring children around the world freedom. Heal their hearts from all they have suffered and let them know the freedom that comes through forgiveness and love. Help children not give up hope for their future. Give them dreams and visions for their lives. Bring restoration to children around the world and prevent any children from being trafficked. Miraculously intervene on the behalf of children around the world. Amen.

(based on a post from Prayer For Freedom)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I forgive everyone for everything”

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

Prayer for Friday (St. David of Wales)

Today is the Feast of St. David of Wales in western Christian traditions.

As fragrance abides in the flower
As reflection is within the mirror,
So does your Lord abide within you,
Why search for him without?
~ Guru Nanak Dev Ji

Heavenly Father, I am grateful for the children you have given me. There are times that raising them is challenging and stressful. Please give me the right words for both correcting and encouraging them, the strength and composure to be firm yet loving, and the wisdom to guide them in every situation. Amen.

(10 Prayers for Strength, Beliefnet.com)

This Week’s Affirmation:

“I am Divine Love.”

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

Prayer for Saturday

Accept the children the way we accept trees —
with gratitude, because they are a blessing —
but do not have expectations or desires.
You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.
~ Isabel Allende

Prayer for Children in Need

We pray today for children in our communities who live
without either of their parents:
children whose parents have died,
children who have been abandoned,
children taken away from their parents because of abuse or neglect,
and children who have run away from home.

You care for these little ones God,
and not one of them is lost from your sight.
Guide, guard and protect these children
as they move in with relatives,
as they live with foster parents,
as they are adopted into new families,
or as they struggle on the street.

Comfort each one who feels unloved, unwanted and afraid.
Give wisdom to people who make decisions about children’s lives.
Empower those who care for them to be loving and compassionate.
Instill in our government leaders a passion for protecting the most vulnerable.
Help us to reach out as individuals and as a congregation
to those who live without the protection and love of parents.
We also pray for parents and children who have been wrongly separated,
that you will end their agony and help them to be reunited.
We pray this in the name of Jesus, who loves the little ones. Amen.

(Carol Penner)

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.)

Prayer for Friday (Parinirvana)

Today is Parinirvana, or Nirvana Day, for most Buddhists. For Hindus, today is the festival of Vasant Panchami, honoring the Goddess Saraswati. Today is also the start of the Mid-Winter Ceremonies for the tribes of the Iroquois Nation.

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
~ Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home

As soon as you wake up in the morning, see your palm and recite:

Lakshmi lives in the tip of my palm,
Saraswathi lives in its middle,
And Gowri lives at its base,
So I see my palm in the early morning.

(Hindu child’s morning prayer; Source: Raja Thatha’s Corner)

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.)

Prayer for Thursday (St. Valentine)

Today is St. Valentine’s Day in western Christian traditions.

It’s easier to build up a child than to repair an adult.
Your words and actions have power in your child’s life,
use them wisely.
~ Unknown

[I posted this a couple years ago, but listening to the King Singers performing it recently I am moved to post it again. I encourage you to read more about the story of this songs creation here.]

Prayer of the Children

Can you hear the prayer of the children
on bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room?
Empty eyes with no more tears to cry
turning heavenward toward the light.
Cryin’ Jesus help me
to see the mornin’ light of one more day,
but if I should die before I wake,
I pray my soul to take.
Can you feel the hearts of the children
aching for home, for something of their very own.
Reaching hands with nothing to hold onto
but hope for a better day, a better day.
Cryin’ Jesus help me
to feel the love again in my own land,
but if unknown roads lead away from home,
give me loving arms, ‘way from harm.
Can you hear the voice of the children
softly pleading for silence in their shattered world?
Angry gods preach a gospel full of hate,
blood of the innocent on their hands.
Cryin’ Jesus, help me
to feel the sun again upon my face?
For when darkness clears, I know you’re near,
bringing peace again.

Da-li cu-je te sve dje-cje mol-it-ve?

Can you hear the prayer of the children?

(Kurt Bestor)

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.)

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.)

Prayer for Tuesday (Shrove Tuesday)

Today is Shrove Tuesday, also called Mardi Gras or Pancake Day, in western Christian traditions.

Children see magic because they look for it.
~ Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ’s Childhood Pal

Prayer and reflection of hope for children

I pray of a world
where the youth are free,
Free to play with each other
without fear,
Free to touch, tickle and to embrace,
Free to be themselves
and respected for that.

I pray for a world
here the young blossom,
Where potential is harnessed
and realized,
Where people’s efforts are rewarded,
And where one can fly to reach the sky.

I pray for a world without HIV/AIDS,
I dream of a kaleidoscope of youth,
Who sing a song of praise
and not shed tears,
I dream of the fullness of life
and no more death.

(adapted from AfricaPraying: A Handbook on HIV/AIDS by Musa Dube)

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.)