Kids and Prayer (DVD Giveaway)

Here it is: the biggest value of my giveaways this month: a free copy of the Kids and Prayer DVD (Protestant version) by Paraclete Press, in which I host four kid-friendly episodes about the basics of prayer. A $50 value! Enter to win by sending me an email with the subject “Prayer DVD” by Sunday May 28.

Even better: this week I’m blogging a series of program outlines with ideas on how to use Kids and Prayer to get your church praying this summer!

Many prayers and deep appreciation for the ways you will encourage a prayer-full summer in your faith communities. Be sure to enter this week’s drawing for a free copy of the Kids and Prayer DVD! All you need to do is drop me an email with the subject “Prayer DVD” and I’ll put your name in the hat. The drawing will be held at 5:00pm eastern on Sunday, May 28.

Slaughter of the Innocents

For the children who died by Herod’s word
before they even learned to talk,
O LORD, hear our prayer.

For the boy who will not see his 13th birthday,
O LORD, hear our prayer.

For the girl who never got to hold up 8 fingers to show her age,
O LORD, hear our prayer.

For sons and daughters whose breath is cut off,
for parents and family and friends who shout in mourning,
O LORD, hear our prayer.

For the holy prayers interrupted by gunfire,
O LORD, hear our prayer.

For children who grow up with the story of violent loss,
O LORD, hear our prayer.

For children in public spaces that are not safe,
O LORD, hear our prayer.

For the Child who fled from death so soon after birth,
O LORD, hear our prayer.

For the never-ending slaughter of innocents,
O LORD, hear our prayer
and at long last have mercy.

on Luke 1:66

Lent 25 (Nursery Rhymes)

All the pretty little horses:
holy to the LORD!

The dapples and grays, the pintos and bays:
holy to the LORD!

The cat and the fiddle, the cow and the moon:
holy to the LORD!

The dog full of laughter, the dish and the spoon:
holy to the LORD!

Also the black sheep with all its wool:
holy to the LORD!

The boy who is empty, the home that is full:
holy to the LORD!

From the green & yellow basket
to a bicycle built for two:
holy to the LORD!

From the mouse on the clock
to the lavenders blue:
holy to the LORD!

on Zechariah 14:20

Lent 36

I am blessed this day by the nappy-headed Christ,
by Her bubbling spirit and Her earnestness for life.
Through this growing incarnation, O Blessed Christ,
you compel my attention to beauty and heartache,
to the fullness of now and the yearning of not yet.
Break my heart with love for you, Sweet Christ, as
you teach me new ways of interconnected being.