We Pray For Children

We pray for children who are sick.. children who may not live to see
their next birthday…. or tomorrow, children who go into hospitals,
never to come out.. children who don’t deserve to die.

We pray for the children that don’t understand why…… why they’re not like other
children who are healthy.. children who play in the sunlight, dance on the
grass, children who enjoy life, children that don’t think about death.

We pray for children who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire..
who can’t run down the street in a new pair of sneakers.. who are born in
places we wouldn’t be caught dead in.. who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for those children who never get dessert.. who have no security
blanket to drag behind them.. children who watch their parents watch them
die.. children who can’t find any bread to steal.. children 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 whose nightmares come in the daytime.. children who
will eat anything.. who have never seen a dentist.. who aren’t spoiled by
anybody.. children 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 be.
For those who never get a second chance. We pray for those children who
will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

 For these children we pray.
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