Yes, children suffer. Sometimes silently, sometimes loudly. Children suffer over seemingly small things liketeasing or receiving a poor grade in school or a friend moving away. Children also suffer because of fear, loss & grief, abandonment, attachment trauma, medical illness and abuse.
Whatever the extent of the suffering, small, temporary, pervasive, prayer can bring a sense of calm, peace and unconditional love. Teaching our children to pray for gratitude and for help for the small and for the large experiences in their day teaches them to invite the Holy Trinity into their life.
God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit are always present and active in our children’s lives. Prayer will help our children become more aware of the Holy Trinity’s presence so that they will always know they are not alone; that they do not have to suffer alone; that they have a power greater than themselves, greater than their parents(!), to always listen, comfort, love and guide.
Here is a simple prayer to the Holy Trinity your children can memorize and stay “tapped in” to throughout their day:
Love of Jesus fill us.
Holy Spirit guide us.
Will of the Father be done.