The theme for this years' Light a Candle for Children is "Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty", which recognizes the impact of gun violence and poverty on children. The theme also recognizes that violence against children manifests not only in guns and poverty, but suicide, child abuse, hunger, anxiety, inadequate education, and in many other ways.
Prayer matters. Prayer communicates with the still-speaking God about our concerns and worries in this fragmented world. As faithful people, let us cofus on special prayers, on ou deepest desires for the needs of children. Let us listen for the voice of the Divine so that we might hear and become co-creators of a peaceful worlkd for children.
(Adapted from Rev. Tim Graves' "Light a Candle" brochure)