Monday, December 17, 2012


On this Monday, I want to refer you to Susan Branch's blog which was posted on Sunday.  She has expressed the feelings of so many of us in such a beautiful way.

There is a book, "A Prayer for Children," written by Ina Hughs, which I have spent some time reading in recent days.  I would like to share a portion of this poem with you today.

 "We pray for children
         who give us sticky kisses,
         who hop rocks and chase butterflies,
         who stomp in puddles and ruin their new pants,
         who sneak Popsicles before supper,
         who erase holes in math workbooks,
         who can never find their shoes.

"And we pray for those
         who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire,
         who've never squeaked across the floor in new sneakers,
         who've never 'counted potatoes,'
         who are born in places we wouldn't be caught dead,
         who never go to the circus,
         who live in an X-rated world.

"We pray for children
        who bring us fistfuls of dandelions and sing off-key,
        who have goldfish funerals, build card-table forts,
        who slurp their cereal on purpose,
        who get gum in their hair, put sugar in their milk,
        who spit toothpaste all over the sink,
        who hug us for no reason, who bless us each night."

There is more.  I think this is enough for now.  The rest may make it into a future post.   I don't know if the book is still in print, but it is definitely worth having on your bookshelf.  Ina Hughs is a columnist for our local newspaper.

After the past few days, here we are at a new week.  Hopefully this day gives you additional time to deal with recent happenings.  I continue to offer prayers for all those who have been affected by the tragedy in Connecticut this past Friday.

As for me on THIS day - it's "over the river, and through the wood," as the chorus heads across town to present our Christmas program for the third time!

Thank you for reading.  Your comments are appreciated.


  1. A new week. New hope for a blessed Christmas. Our hearts ache. Extra hugs to my girls this weekend.

  2. Have a wonderful week Nellie, I love the prayer. I had the same thoughts all weekend everything I did. Children should be doing all of those things and parents should not be planning funerals. I have thought so much about life this weekend.
    Have a wonderful day today. Thank you for the sweet post. I will check out Susan's post.

  3. Nellie that is a great poem. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful week!
    hugs, Linda

  4. Thank you for sharing these thoughts today. I'm sure your chorus will be a blessing to all those who hear and see you!

  5. A new week and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

  6. Yes, Nellie this has been a difficult weekend for everyone, but especially the friends and family of all those who were lost Friday. I know our prayers and faith help everyone get through terrific times like this. And yes Susan Branch did put up a blog posting that I believe would help everyone get through this difficult time.

    Hope you had a good day!

  7. If it makes me feel like this, I can't fathom the depths of pain they must be feeling. They're in my prayers.

  8. Thank you for sharing this, Mom!

  9. Thanks for sharing, Nellie. Love the Prayers for Children... Makes me miss my days when my three sons were little... Those times passed by much too fast... Thanks be to God that I didn't have to bury them when they were little and so innocent.

    God Bless.

  10. Hello Nellie...Thanks for your many visits and comments. They are always so welcome.

    Like everyone else, my heart is still heavy with sorry for the children and for their families. Susan

  11. How absolutely beautiful, the poem speaks volumes...
    My heart breaks for the families.
    Thank you for sharing such a lovely post.