It’s finally summer here in Colorado, after a long winter. And it seems that everywhere I go, I see children. Set free from months of snow boots and heavy coats, they run through sprinklers and blow bubbles in their front yards. They crowd into parks, on swings, legs pumping as they shout “Higher! Push me higher!”
That freedom and exuberance is fun to watch. The ability to live so completely in the moment, to not worry about social norms or perceptions, is enviable. And it’s also a little contagious! Being around children can allow me to forget, even for a moment, the weight of adult responsibilities.
I’ve seen so many children in poverty who have taken on that weight, that burden, far too early. When they should be running and playing they are working and caring for younger siblings. Poverty applies a weight that robs children of the joy of childhood.
But for the children in Compassion’s programs, freedom is restored — even if for a moment. At the center, each child has the space to be free. They run and play with their friends. They spin and giggle, and the burdens fall away.
This month, please pray that each child we serve will know the taste of freedom. That the physical, spiritual and emotional burdens they feel will be lifted. That each child will have a safe person in her life to whom she can say, “Push me higher!”
Thank you for all you do on behalf of millions of children in poverty. Your prayers are needed, felt and appreciated!
Senior Vice President, USA