TODAY'S THEME: Loving a Child

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I'm Lisa Bowman. The Religion Network is an interfaith web site providing inspiration, quotes and
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Now, before I run to play,
Let me not forget to pray
To God who kept me through the night
And waked me with the morning light.

Help me, Lord, to love thee more
Than I ever loved before,
In my work and in my play
Be Thou with me through the day.

Author unknown, but appreciated



A baby's laughter shatters dismal thoughts

which try to occupy my tired mind

and scar my soul...

A smiling face as skillful as a surgeon's tool,

to heal my heart and make me once

more whole.

-Kathleen Buxbaum-Prado

Excerpted from "Angel's Wings and Secret Things"
Prado's Pen

Then little children were brought to Jesus
for him to place his hands on them and pray
for them. But the disciples rebuked those
who brought them. Jesus said, "Let the
little children come to me, and do not
hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven
belongs to such as these."

Matthew 19: 13-14
The Holy Bible
New International Version


The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning
of the world these hasn't been, and until the end of the world
there will not be, another child like him.

Pablo Casals (1876-1973)
Spanish cellist and conductor

Guardian Angel by Ignaz Gunther (1763)

Blessings for Boys and Girls

For a girl:
May God make you like Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah.

For a boy:
May God make you like Ephraim and Menasheh.

For both:
May God bless you and keep you. May God make His face
to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May God lift
up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

Jewish prayer


Dear God,
I thank You for the gift of this child to raise, this life to share,
this mind to help mold, this body to nurture, and this spirit to
enrich. Let me never betray this child's trust, dampen this child's
hope, or discourage this child's dreams. Help me, dear God, to help
this precious child become all you mean him to be. Let your grace
and love fall on him like gentle breezes and give him inner strength
and peace and patience for the journey ahead.

Marian Wright Edelman (1939 -   )
Founder and President of the Children's
Defense Fund; lawyer and educator


And now, the Last Word:

Adults are always asking little kids what they
want to be when they grow up because
they're looking for ideas.

Paula Poundstone
American comic (1959 -   )


































Bonus quote:

The freedom of all is essential to my freedom.

Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876)
Russian revolutionary


On today's
Home Page:

Child's Prayer;
Kathleen Prado;
Book of Matthew;
Pablo Casals;
Jewish Prayer;
Marian Wright
Paula Poundstone