Lord God,

We pray for the children today.

Those slaughtered in Uvalde and those who will live with its horror the rest of their lives. Those who live far away from Uvalde and wonder if they will be safe sitting in their classrooms. Those whose lives are shaped by a culture of violence, with damage that will unfold in tragic ways still unforeseen.

We pray for the children today.

Those in our communities and those in communities around the world who go to bed hungry every night. Those who have virtually no chance to break the cycle of poverty simply because they can’t read on level by the third grade. Those who live in homes where physical and mental abuse run rampant, all too often dooming them to repeat the same cycle.

We pray for the children today.

Those we hold every night and those we hold in our hearts. Those we know well and those we will never know. Those whose lives we can impact, those whose lives we can only watch and those we will never know are alive..

May we be Christ for all of these children.

Amen.