Inward Bound: A safe haven to explore the impact of adoption and compassionate support for adoptive parents so that their children can find the way home.
We pray for the children who sneak popsicles before supper, who erase holes in math workbooks, who can never find their shoes. And we pray for those who stare at photographers from behind barbed wire, who can’t bound down the street in a new pair of sneakers, who never “counted potatoes,” 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 the children who bring sticky kisses and fistfuls of dandelions, who hug us in a hurry and forget their lunch money. And we pray for those who never got 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 anyone’s dresser, whose monsters are real. We pray for the children who spend all of their allowance before Tuesday, who throw tantrums at the grocery store and pick at their food, who like ghost stories, who shove dirty clothes under the bed, who never rinse out the tub, who never get visits from the Tooth Fairy, who don’t like to get kissed in front of the carpool, who squirm in church and scream in the phone, whose tears we sometimes laugh at and 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 the children who want to be carried and for those who must be, those who never give up, and for those who don’t get a second chance. We pray for those we mother and… for those who will grab the hand of anyone kind enough to offer it.
- Author Unknown