Religion: Children's Prayers

For 20 years, Pastor William S. Hill of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Wilkinsburg, Pa. has required that each boy and girl he presents for confirmation compose a prayer. The resulting collection of prayers, he writes in last week's Christian Century, is "a window to the soul of a twelve-year-old child."

Peering through his window, Pastor Hill is surprised to find how dependent children feel upon their parents, even in unhappy or broken homes. ("I thank you for helping me get over the flu. Please help my mother get a good strong foothold in her work in Detroit. Give me, O Lord,...

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