Friday, March 25, 2011

Loving arms, away from harm...

 We have a group in house right now.  They are from Hampton Roads Virginia, near my father!  They are here with another ministry called Orphan Helpers.  The team is made up of the requisite adult chaperons and the Honor Choir from Denbigh Baptist High School.  Each morning I make them "sing for their supper" (or breakfast as it were...)  Billy and Hunter were in Camerata (The Woodward Academy honor choir) so I have a real soft spot for these kids.  Their parents should be (and surely are!) very proud of them.

This morning, to an audience that included Leamarie, Judy, Dulce, Mari, Suzy, Maribel, and Fernando, they sang a truly beautiful and moving song called The Prayer of the Children by Kurt Bestor.  As I stood there with Suzy and Maribel, I couldn't help but hear the song in the context of all the children under LAMB's care.  That is the essence of LAMB, isn't it?  Taking them away from violence, abuse, crushing poverty, fear -- a futureless world, into the safe and loving arms of Jesus and His followers where ever they may be...

Can you hear the voice of the children?

The Prayer of the Children by Kurt Bestor

Can you hear the prayer of the children?
On bended knee, in the shadow of an unknown room
Empty eyes with no more tears to cry
Turning heavenward toward the light

Crying Jesus, help me
To see the morning light-of one more day
But if I should die before I wake,
I pray my soul to take

Can you feel the hearts of the children?
Aching for home, for something of their very own
Reaching hands, with nothing to hold on to,
But hope for a better day a better day

Crying Jesus, help me
To feel the love again in my own land
But if unknown roads lead away from home,
Give me loving arms, away from harm

Can you hear the voice of the children?
Softly pleading for silence in a shattered world?
Angry guns preach a gospel full of hate,
Blood of the innocent on their hands

Crying Jesus, help me
To feel the sun again upon my face,
For when darkness clears I know you're near,
Bringing peace again