“What Child is This?” Prayer for Children

What child is this?

This hungry child, this child with AIDS,

this child afraid of bombs and soldiers,

this child too poor to go to school,

this child from a refugee camp,

this child abused and neglected,

this child crying and uncomforted.

What child is this?

This child is not a statistic,

this child is not collateral damage,

this child is not a mistake,

this child is not the enemy.

What child is this?

This is a child of God,

this is a Christ child,

this is our child.

Lord Jesus, born a child and yet a king,

you remind us that each baby

is a holy infant, tender and mild.

We say a prayer for all the dear children in your tender care,

all the children in the world.

In a world where so many do not sleep in heavenly peace,

empower us to be your peacemakers.

Thank you for the gift of each baby, each child of hope.

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About Carol Penner

I am a Mennonite pastor currently teaching theology at Conrad Grebel University College in Waterloo, Ontario. I’ve served congregations in Ontario and most recently, Alberta.

I love to write and to lead worship! If you are finding my writing helpful, I would love to hear from you! Feel free to use or adapt the material here, it is all written by me. If printing material, please credit “Copyright Carol Penner www.leadinginworship.com” (and say whether you modified it). If publishing, please contact me for permission. Contact me at carol@leadinginworship.com

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