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OT: FW: The Daily Prayer: For the Children

Poster: "Louise Sugar" <dragonfyr@tycho.com>

this is off topic for these lists but needed to be shared.....please forgive
the faux pas

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Sent: Thursday, September 03, 1998 1:54 AM
Subject: The Daily Prayer: For the Children

> >>
> >>We pray for the 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 where 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 blanket 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 allowance 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,
> >>who 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 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,
> >>who 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.
> >>
> >>In Memory of........
> >>       Natalie Brooks, student age 12
> >>       Paige Ann Herring, student age 12
> >>       Stephanie Johnson, student age 12
> >>       Brittany R. Varner, student age 11
> >>       Shannon Wright, Teacher age 32
> >>
> >>This is in memory of the children and teacher killed in the shooting
> >>Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
> >>
> >>Also in Memory of......
> >>         Mikael Nickolauson, student age 17
> >>         Ben Walker, student age 16
> >>
> >>This is also in memory of the two teenagers killed in the shooting on
> >>Thursday, May 21, 1998, in Springfield, Oregon.
> >>
> >>Please pass this on to as many people as possible. If by chance this
> >letter
> >>gets to Jonesboro, Arkansas and Springfield, Oregon hopefully the
> >citizens
> >>will be comforted in knowing others share their sorrow.  Please pass
> >on.

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