As Christians we are called to love. To radically and simply love Christ and love people. 1 John 4:20-21 says if anyone boasts, "I love God," and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won't love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can't see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You've got to love both.

 

Prayer for Children

Dear Holy and Gracious Father:

We pray for children, who stomp in puddles and ruin their pants,And we pray for those who stomp in puddles without choice.

We pray for children whose pictures we carry in our billfolds,And for those who stare at photographs behind bars.

We pray for children who can’t find their shoes, And for those with no shoes to find.

We pray for children who dawdle over meals,And for those who have no meals to dawdle over.

We pray for those who put chocolate fingers on the walls,And those who never get desserts.

We pray for those who love to have daily bread, And for those who steal because they can’t find bread.

We pray for those who straighten their rooms, And for those with no rooms to straighten.

We pray for those whose nightmares wake us up, And for those whose monsters are real.

We pray for those who throw temper tantrums in grocery stores, And for those who go to bed hungry and go to sleep crying. We pray for those who get visits from the tooth fairy, And for those who have never seen a dentist.

We pray for those who like to be carried, And for those who must be carried.

We pray for those we never give up on, And for those who never get a second chance.

We pray for those born into good, safe homes,And for those living in an X-rated world.

We pray for those who cover themselves in Band-Aids, And for those whose wounds never get kissed.

We pray for those who have a security, And we pray for those who have neither security, nor a blanket.

We pray for those who sing “O, How I love Jesus.”And for those who don’t know Him.

We pray for those who the Lord died for, and we pray for ourselves that we may have the mercy and compassion needed to provide them the food, water, clothes, shelter and love even for the least of these.

And now we leave this place in the power of the Holy Spirit and pray this prayer in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.