College Park Baptist Church, Greensboro, NC
College Park Liberal Baptist Church, Greensboro NC








Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving

Some of the simplest things Lord, are your best gifts to us. Maybe it was the gentle morning on the beach . With the air, and the breeze, and the ocean ,all in perfect harmony. Or maybe the drive through the country on a sunny Saturday morning. Or the rain on the roof as you drift off to sleep. Maybe it was that perfect card, from just the right person, at just the right moment. Eggs and grits and coffee and toast. Or chocolate chip pancakes, breakfast with a friend.

Thank you God for a church that can laugh together. For Deacons not too dignified to don a silly outfit. A church that accepts us all, as we are. A church filled with so many gifted people . Wonderful mentors for our children, teaching our children by example.

Simple things, like a warm hug from a good friend. Or the first cup of coffee in the morning. Fireflies and crickets on a summer’s night. Or the sound of children laughing while running through the halls.

Nothing earth-shaking. Nothing that hasn’t happened a thousand times, to hundreds of thousands of people.

But today Lord, let us see these gifts through different eyes. Today let us see that these simplest gifts, when held and savored, and lifted to the light, glitter like diamonds! So today we say thank you, for these simple, wonderful, gifts, miracles.

A prayer for Children by Ina J Hughes
First read at the Children Now’s 10 th Anniversary Celebration, October 1, 1998

We pray for children
who sneak popsicles before supper,
who erase holes in math workbooks,
who throw tantrums in grocery stores and pick at their food,
who like ghost stories,
who can never find their shoes.

And we pray for those
who stare at photographers behind barbed wire,
who can’t bound down the street in a pair of new sneakers,
who are born in places we wouldn’t be caught dead,
who never go to the circus,
who live in an X-rated world.

We pray for children
who sleep with the dog, and bury the goldfish.
Who bring us sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions,
who get visits from the tooth fairy,
who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money.

And we pray for those
who never get dessert,
who have no safe blanket to drag behind them,
who watch their parents watch them die.
Who can’t find any bread to steal,
who don’t have any rooms to clean up,
whose pictures aren’t on anybody’s dresser.
Whose monsters are real.

We pray for children
who spend all their allowance before Tuesday,
who shove dirty clothes under the bed,
and never rinse out the tub,
who don’t like to be kissed in front of the carpool,
who squirm in church or temple and scream in the phone,
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 aren’t spoiled by anybody,
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 don’t get a second chance.
For those we smother…

And for those who will grab the hand of anybody kind enough to offer it.

College Park Baptist Church
1601 Walker Avenue, Greensboro, NC 27403