Sensitively written prayers help children reflect on their relationship both with God and with others, and to recognise the difference between simply ‘saying’ prayers and ‘praying’ prayers. The language will find resonance with young people as they learn to make room in their hearts and lives for the needs of others.
I was born in Zambia to parents, ‘pioneers’ of their time, who in 1955 bravely chose to leave the family farm in Northern Ireland to begin married life on the other side of the world, growing tobacco in Africa. Due to my mother’s ill health, my family returned to Northern Ireland when I was almost three years old, and I experienced growing up during ‘the troubles’. My childhood was immersed in marvellous tales of wildest Africa, and the adventures and challenges of living there at that time.