May 9th, 2020 Daily Devotional

Marian Wright Edelman is the founder of the Children’s Defense Fund. She

was the first black woman admitted to the bar in Mississippi, directed the

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund office in Jackson, and also

served as counsel to Dr. King’s Poor People’s Campaign in Washington,

D.C. Her book Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors, is one I often give as a gift,

especially to graduates. She shared this prayer this week:


O God of all time

Yesterday, today, tomorrow, and eternity

Give us courage in our lifetimes

To make war on war

Which leaves behind waifs and widows

Rubble of spirit, home, and community.

Mothers, grandmothers, and all with a mothering spirit

Let us declare and demand:

No more war

No more violence and abuse

No more killing of our young

O God of yesterday, today, tomorrow, and eternity

Our dwelling place in all generations

Give us courage to sow seeds of life and hope for the future

And to fight with all our moral might for justice for every child

Help us to pluck the thorns of despair from our children’s lives.

Mothers, grandmothers, and all with a mothering spirit

Let us declare and demand:

No more hunger

No more homelessness

No more poverty

O God of yesterday, every child’s history

O God of today, every living child’s birthright

O God of tomorrow, every child’s inheritance

O God of eternity, every child’s hope

Lift our voices against the spiritual and cultural pollution

which leave dreamless and purposeless the fruit of our wombs.

Mothers, grandmothers, and all with a mothering spirit

Let us stand together and build a world fit for children

Calling all to serve, to care, and to act to leave no child behind.

Amen

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