On Thanksgiving, let’s consider the plight of many of the world’s children as I offer up portions of a prayer by Marian Wright Edelman.

We pray for children: 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 we wouldn’t be caught dead, Who never go to the circus, Who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children: 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.

​And we pray for children: 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.

Take Away: Pray for children who have nothing to be thankful for on Thanksgiving.

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