Sunday, May 22, 2005

Future Eagles

Future Eagles
Originally uploaded by Cross and Crown.
Take a look at these Boy Scouts.

These guys spent their Saturday morning at the mission helping a crew from Urban Contractors complete a shelter outside the entrance to Cross & Crown.

From Boy Scout Troop 78 (not in order from picture)
Colton Newby
Patrick Beauchamp
Wylie Parrish
Kenny Relsweber
Alex Loessberg

This awesome project will help these guys toward qualifying for an Eagle Scout.

That's community service where it makes a difference. In the hot summer or the frigid winter, this structure, when completed, will provide shelter from the elements as those who come to the mission for prayer and services. Most days, the queue begins several hours before 11:00 a.m. when the mission opens.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

A Prayer for Children

by Ina Hughs, 1995

We pray for children
Who put chocolate fingers everywhere,
Who like to be tickled,
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 can’t bounce down the street
In a new pair of sneakers,
Who 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 sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
Who sleep with the dog and bury goldfish,
Who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money,
Who cover themselves with Band-Aids and sing off key,
Who squeeze toothpaste all over the sink,
Who slurp their soup.

We pray for those
Who never get dessert,
Who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
Who watch their parents watch them die,
Who can’t find any bread to steal,
Who don’t have rooms to clean up,
Whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser,
Whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
Who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
Who throw tantrums in the grocery store and
Pick at their food,
Who like ghost stories,
Who shove dirty clothes under the bed,
And never rinse out the tub,
Who get visits from the tooth fairy,
Who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
Who squirm in church and yell in the phone,
Whose tears we sometimes laugh at,
And whose smiles can make us cry.

And we pray for those
Whose nightmares come in the daytime,
Who will eat anything,
Who have enver seen a dentist,
Who aren’t spoiled by anybody,
Who go to bed hungry and cry themselves to sleep,
Who live and move, but have no being.

We pray for children who want to be carried
And for those who must.

For those we never give up on
And for those who don’t have a second chance,
For those we smother
…and those who will grab the hand of anybody
Kind enough to offer it.