For the Gift of Children by Peter Krummeck

For the Gift of Children by Peter Krummeck

Almighty God,

We praise you for the gift of children.

We thank you for the blessing of our children
and our children’s children.

Thank you for their laughter and their tears:
the laughter that makes us laugh
and the tears that touch our deepest concern.

We are grateful that a child who finds delight 
in an expensive toy can find the same joy in a crawling snail.
We are grateful that a child’s abundant energy
can find sublime rest in sleep.

Almighty God,

We give thanks that we are your children.

We thank you for your provision for us
 and your protection of us.
We pray that you will protect our children:
save them from their insecurity 
which may express itself in tears of hurt
or in frustrated anger:
against their brothers and sisters;
their friends; their teachers -
and even us, their loving parents.
Help them understand
the growth of their minds
and the development of their bodies.

Almighty God,

You know the anguish of a parent,
you know that your own Son
was brutally abused:
he was stripped naked;
he was mocked, tortured and put to death.

Protect all your children
from the evils of this world:
illness and disease;
hunger, homelessness and loneliness’;
cruelty, bullying and mocking;
physical and sexual abuse.

We submit our joys and our anxieties
in the name of Jesus,
who loves all children of God -
for he was once a child.

Amen