Connecticut Weeps for the Children of Newtown

A Prayer from the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ:

Thank you God for little children.
For they bring joy to their parents
And to their grandparents
And to their sisters
And to their brothers.
And to their teachers
And to the world.
And know that you are God
And know that they are loved.

Thank you God for little children
They like to paint
And jump rope
And hear stories
And share secrets
And give hugs
And blow kisses
And know that you are God
And know that they are loved.

Thank you God for little children.
Bless them when life treats them meanly.
Bless them when someone comes and hurts them.
Help them know that you are God
And know that they are loved.

When a little child
Dies
Thank you God for taking them to heaven
And keeping them safe
In your special place
Where children’s souls
Run in heaven’s fields
Play in God’s sandboxes
Jump rope from cloud to cloud
And blow kisses to angels
And leave behind memories of their hugs
And see that you are God
And know that they are love.