Saturday, March 23, 2013
Passover Prayer On Behalf of Abused and Neglected Children
THE AWARENESS CENTER
(2007) Author Unknown
prayer below was written for protective parents and their
loved ones, child abuse advocates, and all who care about children to recite at
their passover seder. A spring onion is added to the seder plate, or placed on
the table as a symbol.
The Passover Seder is a time to celebrate our freedom and remember those who still struggle for the freedoms they deserve. Freedom from tyranny, violence, and oppression is a core value for us as our ancestors have known slavery, and our heart goes out to the enslaved and the imprisoned of any race, culture or creed. Tonight we remember a group of individuals often forgotten, trapped by a kind of slavery so cruel, that society often looks the other way---children (including adult survivors of child abuse) enslaved in lives of abuse.
Today I remember a child or children you know trapped in lives of abuse. or substitute... "these children.") Though many of us have tried to free them, the Pharaohs in our generation have blocked our efforts or looked the other way. Our hearts ache knowing the pain these children live with day after day. They are not forgotten. With this prayer we share our commitment to
find a way to liberate them from their lives of
exploitation and tyranny.
This spring onion on the Seder plate is our symbol for these children and their plight. The shape of the onion reminds us of the whips used on slaves to keep them subjugated. The tears we shed from the onion remind us of the silent tears of these children waiting for rescue. The newness of the onion reminds us of the promise of hope, that one day these children can grow healthy and free from the tyranny they are living with today.
pray for the wisdom to find an effective path to liberate
these children. We pray for the courage to stand up to the Pharaoh's of our
generation and speak the truth of what we know. We pray for the strength and
fortitude to keep on fighting for their freedom.