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Children's Ministry

A Prayer for Children

We pray for children
     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 a new pair of sneakers,
     who never “counted potatoes,”
     who are born in places we wouldn’t be caught dead,
     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 hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.
And we pray for those
     who never get dessert,
     who have no safe blankets to drag behind them,
     who watch their parents watch them die,
     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 allowances 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 and never rinse out the tub,
     who get visits from the tooth fairy,
     who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
     who squirm in church or temple and scream in 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 aren’t spoiled by anybody,
     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 don’t get a second chance.
For those we smother … and for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

(From "A Prayer for Children" by Ina Hughs, columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel, following the Oklahoma City bombing. Published by Wm. Morrow and Company, NY, 1995. Pgs XIV-XV.)


Children's Ministry Staff

Cheryl Bishop
Director, Children's Ministry; Liaison to Moms' Groups
972.996.0121
Laura Evans
Assistant Director, Children's Ministry
972.996.0129
Allison Blalock
Director, Weekday Kids at First
972.996.0125
Monica Fabila
Assistant Director, Weekday Kids at First
972.996.0122
Judy Grope
Business Associate, Weekdays Kids at First
972.996.0128
Valerie Cubbage
Administrative Assistant, Children's Ministry, Moms' Groups
972.996.0120