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A childs prayer for Iraq

23 March, 2003 7:43 PM

This morning I worshipped at one of the Living Rooms Parent churches. It was a very liturgical gathering with a time set aside for anyone to come forward and light a candle for any issue that they wanted us to pray for. The process was to come forward - light the taper - and share a prayer. At the end of the prayer we would all say the words, Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

A number of people came forward and prayed for the Iraq situation in a variety of ways. It struck me though that most of us didn't really know how to pray about such a complex situation. Our prayers either gave away that we were feeling either numb, angry or confused.

Lucy (who is 6 or 7) came to light a candle after others had prayed. She had a bit of trouble keeping it alight but eventually did. She stuck it in the sand and paused for a few seconds before saying...

I wish this dumb war would stop

She then sat down as us adults echoed the words - Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lucy in that moment was able to cut through alot of the crud that many of us were feeling and was able to express in a very profound way her own cry for peace. One might look at her prayer as being overly simplistic or not understanding the full situation but I was inspired by her childlike faith and was able to finally put words to some of the feelings I've been having. I think I'll be praying Lucy's prayer from now on.

I wish this dumb war would stop

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I struggled for words last night as I blogged and emailed Bene Diction saying how difficult I found it to express my emotions. Lucy has done it perfectly.
Shalom,
Jan

Jan » 24 March, 2003 5:41 AM

To me it's amazing that the very young in your country are feeling their hearts ache over the war when the same age kids here in the U.S. largely seem oblivious to the graveness of the situation.

I too, wish the dumb war would stop. It's getting messier than most American's thought it would (which means in most part, more Americans are dying that we thought would die....sad, huh, that that is how some measure it.)

Blake » 24 March, 2003 11:59 AM

I too was taken back by Lucy and her awareness of the War. Although on telling this story to another parent last night they said there is no way a child can not know of the war (at least here in Australia) because its been on TV virtually 24 hours a day on most of our public free to air stations (we don't watch as much cable as other countries yet). Childrens shows are being interrupted and even cancelled by the coverage - its unescapable on the radio - in conversation - in the papers - on the net.

It actually worries me somewhat on one hand that our children are being exposed so unceasingly to this violence. I do think its important that they are aware of their world and the issues its facing - but I wonder if we may have a younger generation of really stressed out little tackers on our hands at the moment.

Darren » 24 March, 2003 12:19 PM

My kids hate the war and my son can't stand GWB (I brainwashed him...) but they are going about the business of childhood. We talk more along the lines of history and justice, and not so much about war itself.

Laura » 24 March, 2003 1:18 PM

The bit I can't understand is GWB saying to Suddam Insane, We're going to come and bomb the crud out of you, but if we stuff it up and you get hold of some of our troops we expect you to treat them civily. Like right!

adrian » 24 March, 2003 8:00 PM

I'm with her....dear God please let the war end swiftly with a low loss of life on both sides!

Rich » 25 March, 2003 12:11 AM

Greg, when we talk with God (or anyone else for that matter), sometimes we really *think* through what we're going to say, and sometimes we just say how we're *feeling*. (David did this a lot in the Psalms.)

We use a mix of speaking intellectually, and speaking from feelings -- both God gave us to use for a reason.

Rachel C » 26 March, 2003 10:17 AM

All I can say is "amen". It is not a naive prayer if it is coming from a six year old...and it sums it all up nicely.

We try and shield our kids from the news too (but they are 13 and 9), and they know it is out there and they also know where we stand. Our country isn't in the war (Canada - and yes I agree with us not going - but don't agree with how we did it), but it is stil on every channel every night.

Heather Field » 26 March, 2003 10:40 PM

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