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November 15, 2017 – A Prayer for Struggling Children

November 16, 2017

Dear Family and Friends,

Please take a moment to pray.

I have been listening to too much news and it has been unhealthy.  Alabama is on the verge of electing a pedophile to the US Senate, the people in Puerto Rico still struggle to survive without much concern from the government, and the Congress is trying to figure out how to raise taxes on the middle class so that they can give tax cuts to the uber-wealthy and corporations.  All of these actions, and so many more, fly in the face of my foundational belief that we people who share this planet are one family and are called to care and protect one another.

In spite of my current bout of depression about the state of the country/world, I can look at other aspects of my life and give thanks.  As the best holiday inches closer, it seems appropriate to reflect on the gift that my children have been to me and how they have shaped my life.












A Prayer for Struggling Children

Mother- Father,

I am grateful.

I need to leap
from one moment
To the next
Carrying that spirit of gratitude
Deep within my heart.

I am privileged.

I am married
To a loving wife
Who is a spiritual, loving friend,
Who has her priorities in life
Well founded.

Eight children have been given to us.

Some of our children
Have disabilities.
They have struggled
Through days of
And hopelessness,
Living with demons
Of mental retardation,
Mental illness,
And drug addiction.

Still, they have survived.

They continue to reach
For days close to normalcy.
They do their best.
I believe that You must be proud
Of their perseverance
Despite the many times
They have fallen into episodes
of self-destructive actions.

We remain their parents,

Loving them
Hopefully, as You do,
Continuing to attempt to help them
And provide them
The gift of family.

I have learned much

About life,
And reluctantly travelled down paths that
Many would choose to avoid,
From these children of mine.
They have been
The best teachers.
To love them
Through the darkness,
To pray for them
Through their defeats
To bless them
Despite their faults.

They are mine.




One Comment leave one →
  1. Leanne Bishop permalink
    November 20, 2017 7:26 PM

    Dear Tom,

    This prayer is truly beautiful. As an adoptive mother of two I can only be inspired by your prayer and pray that one day I can feel such love and gratitude for my boys and their struggles.

    Bless you,


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