O God of great mercy, may we see your truth—
That children are precious and you love each one.
They’re made in your image — each daughter, each son.
Are locked in detention as part of some plan,
May we be reminded that you love them, too;
They’re made in your image; they’re precious to you.
Who wait as our great nation closes the door,
May we be reminded that as we treat them,
We’re looking at Jesus and so treating him.
That each single person is precious to you.
O Lord, may we know it’s our mission today
To welcome the children — not turn them away.
Tune: James Ramsey Murray, 1887
Text: Copyright © 2018 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.