September 7, 2017
Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.
P. J. Abdul Kalam
These are difficult times for so many in our world. Millions are homeless while millions don’t have enough to eat. These are especially trying times for the children whose families have lost everything in the recent US hurricane. Our troubles are nothing compared to the challenges facing these innocent kids.
The plight of the young and innocent has motivated me to share a favorite prayer with you today
PRAYER FOR THE CHILDREN
We pray for the Children who sneak Popsicle’s 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, 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.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.
We encouraged our 18-year-old daughter to find a job to help pay for her college education. One day she came home with five applications, and later that evening we read them.
Under “Previous Employment,” she listed “Baby-sitting.” And under “Reason for Leaving” she wrote, “They came home.”
Loving someone means helping them to be more themselves, which can be different from being what you’d like them to be, although often they turn out the same.
Father Murphy was playing golf with a parishioner. On the first hole, he sliced into the rough. His opponent heard him mutter, “Hoover!” under his breath.
On the second hole, the ball went straight into a water hazard. “Hoover!” again, a little louder this time.
On the third hole, a miracle occurred & Fr. Murphy’s drive landed on the green only six inches from the hole! “Praise be to God!”
He carefully lined up the putt, but the ball curved around the hole instead of going in. “HOOVER!!!!”
By this time, his opponent couldn’t withhold his curiosity any longer, & asked why the priest said “Hoover”.
“It’s the biggest dam I know.”
Nothing ruins a class reunion like someone who has managed to stay young-looking and get rich at the same time.
Children’s Creative Musings about Science!
* To explain nuclear reactions, one child said, “When they broke open molecules, the found they were only stuffed with atoms. But when they broke open atoms, they found them stuffed with explosions.”
* Concerning astronomy, one child said, “Most books now say our sun is a star. But it still knows how to change back into a sun in the day-time.” And another said, “Some people can tell what time it is by looking at the sun. But I have never been able to make out the numbers.”
* “Vacuums are nothings,” said a young physics student. “We only mention them to let them know we know they’re there.”
* “Evaporation gets blamed for a lot of things people forget to put the top on,” one child observed.
* “Rain is often known as soft water, oppositely known as hail,” reported a budding meteorologist. Another added, “Thunder is a rich source of loudness.”
* Other children added these observations: “Isotherms and isobars are even more important than their names sound.” And, “It is so hot in some places that the people there have to live in other places.” And, “The wind is like the air, only pushier.”
“I think animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.”
A small, uncertain, and nervous witness was being cross-examined.
The lawyer thundered, “Have you ever been married?”
“Yes, sir,” said the witness in a low voice. “Once.”
“Whom did you marry?” the lawyer demanded.
“Well, a woman,” the witness answered timidly.
The lawyer said angrily, “Of course you married a woman. Did you ever hear of anyone marrying a man?”
And the witness said meekly, “My sister did.”
“The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.”
Nancy, whose daughter had just given birth to a beautiful, healthy baby, showed up for a lunch date looking less cheerful than Jill expected.
“What’s wrong,” Jill asked. “Are you depressed by the fact that you’re a grandmother?”
Nancy responded with a barely perceptible smile. “No,” she said. “It’s just that I’m not crazy about having to sleep with a grandfather
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.
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