Do you pray for children? Let me qualify this; do you pray for children who're not your own, or ones who are not a part of your greater family?
Since becoming a parent nearly 35 years ago, like most of you, I've prayed daily for my sons for a myriad of concerns. And when nieces, a nephew and grandchildren came on the scene, they too were added to the daily prayer roster. Last summer, another subset of children were added to the daily prayers. In the interest of their privacy, I'll simply refer to these ones as "The Five" (with apologies to Mr. Gutfeld & company).
Who are The Five? The Five are a group of elementary school-aged kids whom I had the blessing of teaching during last year's Community Vacation Bible School (CVBS). CVBS is a revolutionary concept in implementing Vacation Bible School. For years, churches throughout communities across America would hold VBS at their local facility, effectively reaching a small number of children, with most of these already being associated with that particular church. CVBS broke that mold by launching VBS out into homes, parks, community centers, etc. across the County allowing for the reach to children who might not ever come in contact with a local church. Its a true Gospel multiplier. Where historically, a church might share the Good News with dozens of children, CVBS can effectively reach hundreds of young people. It was in this venue where I met The Five.
It's been a joy to lift these three girls and two guys up in prayer daily, asking the Almighty to commend them to the care of His Guardian Angels for their watching and protection. That joy is multiplied when you're suddenly afforded the opportunity to serve one of them during the Eucharist, then seeing their face light up when they learn that they've been prayed for.
All of us want the very best for the children around us, and prayer for these little people works towards that end. Let me encourage you consider some non-familial children whom you could include in your daily prayers, and prepare to be amazed.