Religion Magazine

Prayers For Our Children’s Destiny

By Jenrene

‘God, we have pushed so many of our children into the tumultuous sea of life in small and leaky boats without survival gear and compass , forgive them and help them to forgive us. help us not to give all our children the anchors of faith and love, the rudders of purpose and hope, the sails of health and education, and the paddles of faith and community to keep them safe ans strong when life’s sea get rough.’ ~


Taken from the book: The Sea is So Wide and My Boat is So Small: Charting A Course for the Next Generation – by Marian Wright Edelman

Children go through Red Sea Situations too. Lest we forget about them today, say a prayer for them and for their sense of identity and purpose, the futures they have and the  dreams they dream.

I was  once a school social worker for about ten years, in Syracuse N.Y. I felt like amini- Martin Luther King that year,  in that role.  It seemed  I was so compassionate about my children. They became so familiar to me, their issues and concerns, their hopes and their families. After a  summer visit to Atlanta   to visit the The King Center one summer  I was  so impressed by  what I felt so attuned with in my spirit.  I was so impressed with  Martin’s work. How could one man be so impassioned to make a difference int he lives of so many people and literally change their lives over a few decades of work through speeches and writing? Inside the glass cases  I  observed, stood  images of the suits MLK wore, the letters he wrote with his own handwriting …and I  could literally feel the passion on the pages of  his life as I laid my hands on the cases, I said a prayer.  I prayed for  similar passion and connection of purpose  as MLK had. Something happened in that moment on a spiritual level. I am not sure exactly, but I believe my prayer was answered.  I immediately felt such a connection to his movement, I wanted to start my own movement for families. And so I  received that prayer. Jabez asked God to  redeem him, generationally. In 1 Chronicles 4:10, we read:“And Jabez called on the God of Israel, saying, Oh that Thou wouldest bless me indeed, and enlarge my coast, and that Thine hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldest keep me from evil, that it may not grieve me! And God granted him that which he requested.” Ironically enough, I had prayed this prayer in order to get to Africa, for about an entire year. And the  last part of this  amazing scripture occurred.

I had gone the same year to South Africa and spoke with and for my mission of Kamau Center. I had visited schools  and attended rallies for children to promote  their self-confidence and I noticed the contrast  and  similarities & differences between African-American and African children, and their parenting.    The nuances of  hope and esteem and  love and  self-confidence was so connected to the pride they  had in their children. I asked a teacher about the pride in the children and she responded by saying historically, they believed  that Children are a heritage of the Lord.  ( Psalm 127:3)  I decided at that moment,  I wanted to impress upon children in such a way that left a strong imprint upon their hearts of   hope and history and identity.  The children here, in S. Africa were  consistently esteemed.  They were proud. Their  sense of identity had not been lost with the Middle Passage. Their community surrounded them in teaching them the same, and  instantly I knew what the adage “it takes a village to raise a child” - had personal meaning, because it was  community-purposed. Not only did parents teach it in the home,  their esteem was valued int he street, community, schools an every place they went. I write about  the esteem of the youth in my  South African Journal. I  never saw children again through the same lens after these two experiences.  I realized that parenting from one generation to the next meant planting seeds in the parents as well and  giving the parents a hope and desire to be whole as well.

However, had I not visited the The King Center, I may not have been motivated to esteem them in with a naming ceremony.  I see them as destined to reach mountains and places  and have a sense of peace and hope that begins with seed-planting and  hope-giving and  having celebrations to help them recognize they are appreciated and feel invigorated in the understanding of why they are here on earth and  believe and know they are here for a reason to make their claim int he world. As we as adults esteem them, they realize their worth. If we don’t take the time to do so, we fail them.  Some place along the lone, they will learn from others their worth, and it’s up to us – their village – to help them  realize they have potential and they are indeed IMPORTANT.

As I  wrote this post, I listened to Micah Stampley’s – You Are Lord  and it just makes so much sense to  have a deeper understanding of where you come from and who you are connected to, before you are unctioned to  live out your purpose  in the Lord.

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog