When I was still very young, one of the first prayers I was taught to say before going to bed was this: “Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord, my soul, to keep. If I should die before I wake, I pray the Lord my soul to take.”

Recently, I read another prayer that might be considered more appropriate for children today being raised in Christian homes. It goes like this:

Now I sit me down in school
Where praying is against the rule.
For this great nation under God
Finds mention of Him very odd.

If Scripture now the class recites,
It violates the Bill of Rights.
And anytime my head I bow
Becomes a Federal matter now.

Our hair can be purple, orange, or green,
That’s no offense; it’s a freedom scene.
The law is specific; the law is precise.
Prayers spoken aloud are a serious vice.

For praying in a public hall

Might offend some with no faith at all.
In silence alone we must meditate.
God’s name is prohibited by the state.

We’re allowed to cuss and dress like freaks
And pierce our noses, tongues, and cheeks.
They’ve outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
To quote the Good Book makes me liable.

We elect a pregnant Senior Queen
And an unwed daddy is our Senior King.
It’s “inappropriate” to teach right from wrong.
We’re taught that such “judgments” do not belong.

We can get our condoms and birth controls,
Study witchcraft, vampires, and totem poles.
But the Ten Commandments are not allowed.
No word of God must reach this crowd.

It’s scary here I must confess
Where chaos reigns, schools are a mess.
So, Lord, this silent plea I make:
Should I be shot, my soul, please take!


It may have been seen as a novelty or trend some years ago, but Christian, Charter, Parochial, and Home Schools are needed more today than every before. – Dr. Robert R Seyda

About drbob76

Retired missionary, pastor, seminary professor, Board Certified Chaplain and American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Director.
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