A Prayer for Children, especially during Pray for Schools Week

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We pray for children who put chocolate fingers everywhere,
Who like to be tickled
Who stamp in puddles
Who can never find their shoes.

We pray for children
Who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire
Who never have been able to count gifts around the Christmas tree
Who are born in places we would not be seen dead in
Who can never go to the beach or cinema
Who live in an X rated world.

We pray for children
Who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions
Who sleep with the dog and bury the goldfish
Who hug us in hurry and forget their lunch money
Who squeeze toothpaste all over the wash basin.

We pray for children who never have pudding
Who have no comfort blanket to drag along with them
Who watch their parents watch them die
Who can't find any bread to steal
Who don't have any rooms to tidy
Whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
whose nightmares come in the daytime
Who will eat anything
Who have never had new trainers or train sets
Who aren't spoilt by anyone
Who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep
Who live and move but have no being

We pray for children around the world
That they should be allowed the opportunity
To live nourished lives in freedom and peace.

Amen

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