Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins
Heavenly Father, today we pray for at-risk children in Ireland, after massive inefficiencies have been discovered in its child protection agency (Tusla). First, Lord, we pray for those children who are in unsafe situations right now—that somehow their cases would rise to the surface as a result of the year-long investigation done by the Health Information and Quality Authority. May Tusla workers check on these young people today and tomorrow, quickly discerning that they need to be moved. May these children receive absolutely all the help they need to return to a healthy situation and to recover from any abuse or neglect they have suffered. May they find the fullest healing possible in you. Second, Lord, we pray for Sergeant Maurice McCabe, who was falsely accused of child abuse and whose case was “lost” for three years. Lord, it is hard to imagine the kind of damage those false accusations and the years of delay caused this man and his family. Please restore them. Please heal them. May the truth come out about those who caused this damage and allowed it to go on for so long. May they repent and make this right. Finally, Lord, we pray for Tusla as the agency seeks to rectify the failings that have been uncovered. May leaders move forward with true humility and repentance, genuinely seeking the best for all involved, but primarily the well-being of the vulnerable children dependent on their protection. We desire that this happen as quickly and effectively as possible. In Jesus’ name we pray, amen.