Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Prayers for Child Protection

Dear Jesus,
When you walked this earth, you showed that you love children.
We know that you love us as your own sons and daughters.
It is hard for us to hear that some people do not treat children the way you did and hurt children by their words and actions.
Help us to learn how to protect ourselves, and others, from harm.
Help us to forgive those who have harmed children in the past.
Bless all those who work to keep children safe. Amen.

Prayer for Survivors

Jesus, by becoming human you have shown how much you love us, and you have shown us once again that we are treasured by you, body and soul. and have reminded us that we have been made to be like you. Sadly, there are among us those whose bodies, minds and hearts have been savaged by the very ones who have been called to serve and protect them. These crimes cry out for justice and for healing, and we raise our voices in prayer for the healing of our brothers and sisters. We acknowledge that by our blindness, our silence, our failure to pray and obey your call to action, that we are complicit in these crimes and sins, and we ask for forgiveness.

Lord Jesus, during your life on earth you were known as a healer of bodies, minds and spirits. Send your healing Holy Spirit upon these brothers and sisters of ours that they may begin to experience some light, peace and joy in this life. Pour your Spirit of peace into the hearts of their families – parents, brothers and sisters, spouses and children – that they may recover a sense of your presence in their lives. And make us all more sensitive to the need to protect our children from those who might harm them: that your Body here on earth may be made whole to the glory of God. Amen.


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