January 4, 2018
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 19:14
Recently, at our mid-week Bible Study, our group was commenting on how wonderful it is to see the children of our congregation running to the altar to hear about Jesus during the “Children’s Message” portion of our church service.
Each message from our Pastors points them to the cross and to our salvation through faith. One might wonder, if they, our Pastors, are really connecting with these precious souls. And, more than that, is that message reinforced at home. I believe it most certainly is.
Not long ago, a friend from church, shared a note written by her young daughter saying, “Couldn’t have ended Christmas break any better than finding this sweet note on the floor.” ~ “I love you Jesus! I can’t wait until I be in heaven. I want to sit on your lap. I love you a lot Jesus!”
A love for her Savior, simply expressed, and a testament to the Word of God. “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Coincidentally, another friend expressed this sentiment regarding being a parent and bringing up her children with a knowledge of Christ and his love.
“Parenting is hard. It’s not for the faint of heart. Second guessing yourself, feeling guilty for not giving them enough time, attention, affection. Wondering if you’re raising compassionate, well-rounded, good people. Or doing it all wrong. While in the womb, you worry about everything you do, food you eat, over stressing your body- all to protect that baby. Then they’re born, and you realize the safest place was inside you. Health problems, accidents, things beyond a parent’s control… Fear… Wondering if you’re doing enough… If you are enough… But… The good Lord gave these children to you. He knew the parents that baby needed. The parent you would be. The joy they would bring. The memories you would share. The love you didn’t know was even possible… He knows. He knows what you are. You are enough. You are His. And as much as you love your babies, He loves them even more. He is in control. He’s got you… And He’s got them.”
What power and comfort is found in that message, “He is in control. He’s got you, and, He’s got them.”
God bless our parents, who recognize that instilling a love for their Savior, and assuring their children of their Savior’s love for them is real and ever-present.
There’s another parent, our Father, who assured all of us of his love, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
We are all God’s children.