A Prayer of Thanksgiving to the God of All Children in America and the World

Children Kids Diversity Friendship Happiness Cheerful Concept
Children Kids Diversity Friendship Happiness Cheerful Concept

O God of the children of Syria, Nigeria and Liberia, of Sudan, South Africa and South Carolina,

Of Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Myanmar, of Israel, Iran and Iraq

Of the Congo, Central America, Charleston, and Cleveland, of Darfur and Detroit, of Libya, Yemen and Ukraine, Nepal and New Orleans,

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all. 

O God of Black and Brown and White and Albino children and those all mixed together

Of children who are rich and poor and in between

Of children who speak English and Russian and Hmong and Chinese and Spanish and Arabic and languages and dialects our ears cannot discern, of refugee children without a country

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all. 

O God of the child prodigy and child prostitute, of the child of rapture and the child of rape,

Of run or thrown away and sexually trafficked children who struggle every day without parent or place or friend or future,

Of LGBT children struggling to be who they are and Dalit children roaming across nations in search of a place called home,

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all. 

O God of children who can walk and talk and hear and see and sing and dance and jump and play and of children who wish they could but can't

Of children who are loved and unloved, wanted and unwanted,

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all.

O God of incarcerated, beggar, beaten, abused, neglected, homeless, AIDS, drug, violence, and hunger-ravaged children,

Of children who are emotionally and physically and mentally fragile, and of children who rebel and ridicule, torment and taunt,

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all.

O God of children of destiny and of despair without hope for the future, ravaged by wars of adults

Of refugee children without a country to welcome them, at sea in flimsy boats, or caged in juvenile and adult prisons and holding pens as they seek asylum

Of disfigured, diseased, and dying children,

Of children without hope and of children with hope to spare and to share,

Help us to love and respect and protect and welcome them all on this day of Thanksgiving as we affirm the sacredness of every child in our own country and all around the world.