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Are We Too Busy?

Debra Oaks Coe  copyright 2002

 
We're busy helping and praying for the children
          Who don't like what we've fixed for dinner
          Who fell down on the sidewalk and ripped their new pants
          Who are having trouble learning to read
          Who seem too big to still be carrying a blanket around
But are we too busy to help and pray for the children
          Who are so hungry that they will eat anything
          Who are in desperate need of adequate clothing
          Who only dream of learning to read and write
          Who have no blanket to comfort them and keep them warm
We're busy helping and praying for the children
          Who play so hard that they need a bath every night
          Who want to skip their dinner and only eat dessert
          Who always want to sleep in our bed instead of their own
          Who cry because they're scared when they go to the doctor
But are we too busy to help and pray for the children
          Who have no soap to keep them clean
          Who never have dessert
          Who have no one to comfort them
          Who desperately need medical attention and none is available
We're busy helping and praying for the children
          Who love to play soccer and feel like a winner
          Who like large refrigerator type boxes to play in
          Who need to be taken to dance and singing lessons
          Who have trouble sharing their toys with others
But are we too busy to help and pray for the children
          Who have never felt like a winner and have never seen a ball
          Who live in cardboard boxes because boxes are better than no home
          Who have nothing to sing or dance about
          Who don't have any possessions of their own to share
We can't be so busy with our prosperous lives that we cannot find the time to reach out to those in need.  For we remember that when we have done it unto the least of these, we have done it unto Thee.