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A Child's Prayer
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By Louis Gander
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A Child's Prayer

I woke right up this morning but

my mommy wasn't there.

The sun was shining brightly though,

so knew my mommy cared.

I pulled off my pajamas,

put on my favorite dress,

went down to find my mommy and,

with many hopes, impress.


Though she was drinking coffee,

with phone up to her ear -

I said, "Good morning mommy!

I'm very glad you're here."

I must have interrupted her.

I guess she didn't hear,

so I mouthed the words, "I love You"

- tried hard to whisper clear.


I made myself some cereal

as I, each morning, do.

Some say she doesn't love me but,

I know it isn't true.

When finished with my breakfast,

I thought I heard her scoff -

but put the dishes in the sink

and cleared the table off.


Then later on that morning

while going into town -

the radio had blared as if,

I was not around.

While in the mall together,

I reached up for her hand.

I guess she didn't see it or

she didn't understand.


Later, in my room alone -

(just my doll and me)

I heard her call for dinner with

a book and her TV.

The microwave had sounded,

while she sat on the couch.

She didn't ever smile much,

but she was not a grouch.


Tonight, here on my bed I am,

and laying on my back,

some tears are rolling down my cheeks -

my mom's a bit off-track.

So a little prayer I whisper,

(eyes covered with each palm).

I say a prayer to Jesus then -

I thank Him for my mom.


"Jesus, mommy loves me -
no matter what You see.
  She gives me everything I need.
 Please Jesus, just agree ."

 "Mommy is so short of time -
 in circles, she gets dizzy -

so if you get a chance, dear Lord -
please help her.  She's so busy.

"She's working very hard, you know -
such little time, has she.
I know, if she was here right now -
she'd dry these tears for me.

"So Jesus, don't be angry.
I love her quite a lot.
  Please help her with her troubles 'cause,
 my mom is all I've got."


©2009 louis gander - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED




I was inspired to write this after seeing a young girl needing comfort from her mother and reaching for her hand.  Our joy is that Jesus takes our hand before we even reach for His.

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Submitted: Saturday, August 17, 2013

Last Updated: Saturday, August 17, 2013

About the Poet
Born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1954. It's the poem's message that matters- not the poet.

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