Children typically aren’t constrained by social niceties. If they want something they ask for it. Whether it is candy in the grocery checkout line or borrowing someone else's toy, children just ask.
The problem is that children don’t always know what they need. Children don’t understand that their limited access to education, food, water, clothing, or shelter hinders their opportunities and greatly impacts their ability to succeed.
It is our job to look after our children--all of our children--and fulfill their needs. God urges us to be direct in prayer. We should also be direct in the care of children.
Dear Loving God, may we see the specialness of each child. May we take note of what they need, and find ways to provide them in order for them to have a chance. Each day, may we love them more completely than yesterday. May they always have the ability and courage to seek out what they desire. Amen.
Johanna Kennelly Ullman
First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)