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Warning: Get a Box of Tissues Before You Click This! 4 years 11 months ago #16178

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"We Pray for Children" by Ina Hughes
We pray for children
Who put chocolate fingers everywhere,
Who like to be tickled,
Who stomp in puddles and ruin their new pants,
Who sneak Popsicles before supper,
Who erase holes in math workbooks,
Who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those
Who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
Who can't bound down the street in new sneakers,
Who never "counted potatoes,"
Who are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead in,
Who never go to the circus,
Who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children
Who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
Who sleep with the cat and bury goldfish,
Who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money,
Who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink,
Who slurp their soup.

And we pray for those
Who never get dessert,
Who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
Who can't find any bread to steal,
Who don't have any rooms to clean up,
Whose pictures aren't on anybody's dresser,
Whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
Who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
Who throw tantrums in the grocery store and pick at their food,
Who like ghost stories,
Who shove dirty clothes under the bed,
Who get visits from the tooth fairy,
Who don't like to be kissed in front of the car pool,
Who squirm in church and scream on the phone,
Whose tears we sometimes laugh at and whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those
Whose nightmares come in the daytime,
Who will eat anything,
Who have never seen a dentist,
Who are never spoiled by anyone,
Who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
Who live and move, but have no being.

We pray for children
Who want to be carried
And for those who must,
For those we never give up on
And for those who never get a second chance,
For those we smother.
And for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind
enough to offer it.

We pray for children. Amen.

(We pray for Children, 1995, William Morrow publishers)

How touching is that...really makes you think...speaking of thinking...what do you think.
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Re: Warning: Get a Box of Tissues Before You Click This! 4 years 11 months ago #16221

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i didnt cry :S but that was beeaaauutttiiifuul. compared to those who live in those other third world coutries, i'd have to say that we are pretty spoiled. i mean, we can have everything we want (or almost everything)a the tip of our finger tips, yet we keep cryingfor more while kids in those countries are just thankful that they arent dead from starvation or dehydration yet. just thinking about all of this makes me want to bring all of those kids over hear *sniff*.
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Re: Warning: Get a Box of Tissues Before You Click This! 4 years 11 months ago #16457

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I loved that poem but the truth is that after a while they stop crying themselves to sleep and turn their heart hard. Poor 1st world kids can get tough but even poorer 3rd world kids can turn ice cold.
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Warning: Get a Box of Tissues Before You Click This! 1 year 1 month ago #61879

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I think this should be a wake up call to many of us.
... Even if it gets me convicted
I’ll still be on my knees with my hands lifted ...
... If saying I believe is out of line
If I’m judged cause I’m gonna give my life
To show the world the love that fills me
Then I want to be Guilty ...
- Guilty by Newsboys
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Warning: Get a Box of Tissues Before You Click This! 1 year 1 month ago #61967

Wow, this is an amazing poem.
"Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell." -- C.T Studd 20th century missionary
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Re: Warning: Get a Box of Tissues Before You Click This! 10 months 2 weeks ago #65941

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I think I am the kind of child in verse 3
Call me MJ
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