Thursday, August 13, 2009

A Prayer

Posted by Jack (adapted words from The Book of Common Prayer, and some pieces of the world to root them in, courtesy of The National Center on Family Homelessness)

Lord, have mercy on us. Hear our prayers.

It has been said that one can judge the greatness of a country by the way they care for their children.

In America the great, 1.35 million children are homeless during a year’s time.

On any given day, 800,000 people are homeless in the United States, 200,000 of which are children.

Almighty God, you have blessed us with the joy and care of children. Give us calm strength and patient wisdom to reach out to those who are most in need.

Families with children are among the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.

Family homelessness is increasing. Requests for emergency shelter by families have increased every year since 1985.

Almighty God, we commend to you the homes and shelters in which families dwell. Turn the hearts of the parents to the children, and the hearts of the children to the parents; and so enkindle fervent charity among us all, that we may evermore be kindly affectioned to one another.

Homeless children get sick twice as often as other children.

They have twice as many ear infections.

Lord, have mercy.

They have four times as many asthma attacks.

Lord, have mercy.

They have five times as many stomach problems.

Lord, have mercy.

They have six times as many speech problems.

Lord, have mercy.

They are hospitalized twice as often as other children.

Lord, have mercy.

Homeless children go hungry twice as often as other children.

One forth of homeless children report eating less after becoming homeless.

God our Father, you see your children growing up in an unsteady and confusing world; give them strength to hold their faith in you, and to keep alive their joy in your creation.

Every day, homeless children are confronted with stressful, traumatic events.

97% of homeless children move, many up to 3 times.

Lord, have mercy.

22% are separate from their family and placed in foster care.

Lord, have mercy.

25% have witnessed acts of violence within their family.

Lord, have mercy.

20% of homeless preschoolers have emotional problems which require professional care.

Lord, have mercy.

47% of homeless school age children have problems such as anxiety, depression, or withdrawal.

Lord, have mercy.

Look with pity, O heavenly Father, upon people in this land who live with injustice, terror, disease, and death as their constant companions. Have mercy upon us. Help us to eliminate our cruelty to these our neighbors. Strengthen those who spend their lives establishing equal protection of the law and equal opportunities for all. And grant that every one of us may enjoy a fair portion of the riches of this land; through Jesus Christ our Lord, amen.

1 comment:

derek said...

i love the book of common prayer. and this is a great adaptation of one of the prayers. i wish more of the prayers that started chapels were like this one. instead of "ummm... God be with them"

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