Lord our God, some children live in apartment buildings
and may not know the joy of digging in the dirt.
They may dig in a sand box, which has been covered,
or sand at the shore, but that is not the same.
The good black earth has much to teach,
along with stones, ants, and other insects.
You know, Lord, that blocks or Legos
don’t take the place of natural building material.
A hole itself is a wonderful thing,
especially if filled with water.
Exploring this natural legacy
should be considered Childhood 101.
Lord, you have given us this wonderful world:
May children everywhere be allowed
to experience this heritage. Amen.
The earth is the LORD’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.
Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way..