Tenderness, by Ecuador’s Guayasamin

“Said the shepherd boy to the mighty King:

Do you know what I know?

In your palace warm, mighty king.

A child, a child, shivers in the cold, let us bring him silver and gold.”

–From: Do You Hear What I Hear?

Many children were born into poverty this morning. This song and this day tell us that they are not our burden, but our hope. If we believe in the rights and promise of children, listen to their voices, and offer them abundant love and sustenance, then the world will be made new, rendered just, and filled with peace.