We remember children

 

Lord Jesus we remember that you welcomed the children

That they were for you a sign of the kingdom

We desire that same childlike spirit

Which recognises the role of children in the history of humanity

And welcomes them into our lives

 

We remember Moses a tiny baby set adrift in the reedbeds of the Nile

May we also, like the midwives, commit ourselves to protecting children

 

We remember the children

 

We remember Samuel open to your voice when the ears of adults were closed

Open our ears in childlike curiosity to your voice

 

We remember the children

 

We remember Josiah the boy King who returned your people to the true way

May we have the same commitment in your life-giving Word

 

We remember the children

 

We remember Anne Frank, patient chronicler of the Holocaust

Give us patience in the time of trial and danger

 

We remember the children

 

We remember Anna, the tiny angel of the East End

Fill us with the same wonder and delight at your beautiful world

 

We remember the children

 

We remember Nkosi Johnson, South African AIDS activist

May we have the same determination to tell the truth

 

We remember the children

 

We remember Muhammad Adh-Dhib, the Bedouin child who discovered the Dead Sea scrolls and Maria de Sautuola, who at eight years of age discovered the cave paintings of Altamira

May we have the same curiosity and desire to explore -- irrespective of the consequences

 

We remember the children

 

We remember Hector Pearson, boy martyr of apartheid

Give us the same courage and determination to fight for justice

 

We remember the children

 

We remember Louis Braille who at 15 invented the system which enabled millions of blind people to read

May we have the same commitment to overcome our limitations

 

We remember the children

 

We remember, also, the nameless children who have shared with adults the unfolding history of our world

 

We remember the murdered, the abused, the enslaved who have been the victims of adult greed and exploitation

 

We remember the children

 

We remember the forgotten, the neglected, those who have starved to death caught up in the failed schemes and misplaced hopes of the powerful

 

We remember the children

 

We remember the innocent, the carefree and the joyful who have brought gladness and insight without even realising what they are doing

 

We remember the children

 

And, Lord Jesus, we remember you, who came into this world without strength and without power, who depended on the care and nurture of Mary and Joseph before asserting your own independence and obedience to a greater power -- your Heavenly Father.

 

Lord Jesus give us the grace to remember the children