Open your eyes and look for their smiles;
Close your eyes and listen for their laughter;
Reach out your hand and hold a child’s hand;
Remember the smell of a newborn’s head.
When our children cry, we must be their light;
When our children hurt, we must heal their pain;
When our children want, we must provide;
When our children fear, we must protect them.
It is easy to dwell on what is negative or what is bad;
It is harder to stand up and make a difference.
It is easy to forget from where we came;
It is harder to remember the past as we look to the future.
Today – we make a stand to live for our children.
Today – we make sure to listen to our children.
Today – we make the future brighter.
Tomorrow – we learn from today.
Eloheinu v’lohei Avoteinu v’Imoteinu, Give us the strength to go forward. Help us to do what is right and what is best for our children, our future.