Remembering the young among us
We ask for greater tenderness in remembering young people as they come to know themselves, even as we too came to understand our identity.
You have completely loved us. We have too often forgotten to love one another. In our adulthood we have been concerned about small things. Cause our vision to expand. Help us to see the larger picture. May our care, compassion and concern extend to young men and young women within our communities. Open our hearts to the harm caused to our children by careless actions, inappropriate conversations, blind neglect and stigmatizing blame.
You, who have given us gifts and abundant grace, ignite in us a fire for hospitality. Let all who enter our sanctuaries, houses of worship, homes and neighborhoods find comfort and safety there. Grant that in our families, from the youngest to the oldest, all will experience respect and loving care. We ask this with unfailing hope and unwavering expectation.
Contributed by Rev. Cedric A. Harmon
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