Almighty God, thank you for children. Thank you for their laughter and play. Thank you for their precious songs that ring in our ears and warm our hearts. Protect the children, Father. Give them safe places to spend their time. Keep them from evil and trauma. Grow them more and more into the image of Jesus. I ask these things in the name and authority of Jesus, who loves the children, according to your good and perfect will. Amen.

“But Jesus called them to him, saying, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.'” (Luke 18:16 ESV)