Lord, we are blessed to live in a country where the mortality rate for children from birth to five is relatively low. I cannot thank you for that without also feeling heaviness and lament that the opposite is true in many other countries.
Even without death being a looming possibility for most American children, I still want to ask Your protection for them in these vulnerable years.
I pray especially for young children who are separated from one or both of their parents for extended amounts of time, whatever the reason–divorce, death, illness, job travel ( e.g. military) or daycare.
I am crying for the reality and for the price that our children pay in these situations. Asking God to make a difference. Somehow. In ways I can’t imagine. In family scenarios that are far from the way we want them to be.
I wish God would protect every young child from the pain and negative effects of separation from one or both parents.
But God, where I do not see Your protection, I ask and trust that You transform and redeem and make Your glory known, in the pain and through the pain, in very real ways.
I also pray for adults who are loving, caring for, bonding with little ones not their own–the daycare workers, foster parents and grandparents raising someone else’s child. I pray that believers in these positions can make a difference:
(1) no matter for how short a time they care for a child or
(2) how limited their influence seems or
(3) how many other problems a child has, which seem to drown out the love being given.
Lord, help these caregivers not give up when they don’t see results. I pray that Your light still shines through them and makes a difference, no matter how futile their efforts sometimes seem.
P.S. If this dialogue mixed with my prayers seems too cerebral, well, it does to me as well. The non-cerebral prayer words I have are:
God, make it stop. Make it better. Don’t let these children be messed up or have their trust broken before they even get a chance at choosing to trust you. Fix it, please! Now?!
But, even those words don’t really express my heart’s true groanings and my prayers mixed with deep trust. As always, my words are inadequate, and more words don’t fix the problem.
Better stated prayers are always welcome as comments below.
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