Bullies: Thanksgiving Prayer

Bullies: Thanksgiving PrayerDear God,

I need to talk to you about bullies. Hopefully you are listening. I know how busy you are.

Will you please teach bullies that being kind can make you feel good too? Will you help bullies understand that they can be just as happy if they don’t laugh at me or call me names?

I know I’m just a kid but I know about these things. Well, I’m sure you already know all about me. You know how sad I am. You know how alone I am. And you know how afraid I am.

Maybe you could visit the bullies when they have their Thanksgiving dinners and somehow teach them that Thanksgiving should be about being thankful and helping people who are alone.

I never tried to be mean to anyone because that just isn’t right. You and my mom taught me that. They don’t even have to say sorry. I’ll forgive them if they just stop laughing at me and calling me names. Well, I forgive them anyway but it would make me happier if they stopped.

Bullies: Thanksgiving Prayer

When they are eating their Thanksgiving dinners, maybe you could just whisper in their ears that bullying makes you unhappy. That could make a really big difference because after all, you are God and you are very, very important at least to some people.

I’m not important and nobody cares if I die, at least that’s what they tell me. I know you understand how I feel because your son was bullied too.

So God, please help the bullies and their parents understand what it feels like. Maybe you could even tell them about your son Jesus and how much he suffered.

My mom has to work on Thanksgiving but that’s okay because she loves me just like you do. I’m used to being alone so don’t worry about me for now because it’s more important that you help the bullies understand that they are upsetting you too.

I love you God and I know you love me and that sure helps. Oh and I almost forgot to ask you if you will tell the kids who are watching  to do something to help kids being bullied? That could make a big difference.

Thank you God.

Amen.

To everyone who follows us and cares about children who are the targets of bullies, please share this message this Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

Photo: David Robert Bliwas

 

Veterans Day

veterans dayToday is Veterans Day and it is a special day to remember and honor our service men and women. It is important to spend some time thinking about why we celebrate Veterans Day.

Originally, Veterans Day was called Armistice Day and it was first celebrated in 1938 to honor the soldiers that served in WW I. Later November 11th became the date for Armistice Day. That date was chosen because the war ended on November 11, 1938. In 1954, since the United States had been involved in two more wars (World War II and the Korean War) the holiday was renamed Veterans Day. The purpose was to honor the soldiers that fought in all three wars.

Veterans Day

Veterans Day is different from Memorial Day because Memorial Day honors all the men and women that died serving the United States in a war. Veteran’s Day is a celebration for all of the soldiers who are still alive and who served in the armed forces at any time during wartime and peace time.

Do you know about the Young Marines Veterans Appreciation Week? Well, I’ll tell you. The Young Marines is a non-profit youth education and service program for girls and boys from age 8 through the 12th grade.

“The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the premier youth organization in its Drug Demand Reduction Efforts.”

Each year for one week, the Young Marines go across the country.  They dedicate time to help our nation’s veterans and show appreciation to them. They do things like sending thank you cards to hospitalized veterans, cleaning up disabled veterans’ yards, visiting veterans in VA hospitals and organizing “get-togethers” to visit with local veterans. These include the members of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and the Coast Guard.

The Young Marines set a great example for all of us. Remember that each and every one of us should do something on Veterans Day and every day to show how much we appreciate the sacrifices that our service men and women make to protect us and our country.

Happy Veterans Day and THANK YOU!

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