Tammy Thomas Garnes

The words are stuck….

In Courageous Church, Haiti on August 1, 2010 at 11:45 am

One of the beautiful orphans at "House of Hope" in LaPoint, Haiti (© 2010 Tammy Garnes)

I have words that are plentiful in my brain right now.  Moving and cresting like like the biggest wave you’ve ever seen.  But I can’t quite seem to get them to flow down and through to my fingers.  Over the last 7 days I feel like I’ve seen heaven and hell and all I did was visit Haiti with a group called A Home In Haiti.  I found a poem this morning that begins to summarize my thoughts.  Hopefully I’ll be able to post my complete journal later this week.  But for now…..

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,
Who get visits from the tooth fairy,
Who don’t like to be kissed in front of the car pool,
Who squirm in church and scream on 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 never seen a dentist,
Who are never spoiled by anyone,
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 never get a second chance,
For those we smother.
And for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind
enough to offer it.

We pray for children. Amen.

(We pray for Children, 1995,  William Morrow publishers)


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