A prayer for children

A prayer written by Amy Carmichael:

Father, hear us, we are praying,
Hear the words our hearts are saying,
We are praying for our children.


Keep them from the powers of evil
From the secret, hidden peril,
From the whirlpool that would suck them,
From the treacherous quicksand pluck them,
Holy Father, save our children.


From the wordling's hollow gladness,
From the sting of faithless sadness,
Through life's troubled waters steer them,
Through life's bitter battle cheer them,
Father, Father, be Thou near them.


Read the language of our longing,
Read the worldless pleadings thronging,
Holy Father, for our children.


And wherever they may bide,
Lead them Home at eventide.


Amy Carmichael (1860-1951) was a missionary to India. She never had any children of her own, but through her work in India she helped more than 1000 neglected and abused children.