Bring the Children to Me
By Lois Parker Edstrom
It’s wonderful to be a kid. You have so much energy and are full of new ideas. You are an inspiration to adults. We learn from you and enjoy life more because of you.
There must be times, however, when it seems difficult to be a kid. Before you have reached your full growth you are often shorter than those around you. It’s hard to see what’s going on, especially in a crowd, so you may need to depend on your mother or father to lift you up where you can see.
Even in a store, when you go to a counter to buy something, because of your size, the clerk may not notice that you are there needing assistance.
At other times older kids are not be not as respectful as they should be to younger children. They forget that they were once young too, learning how to get along in the world.
Our Bible lesson today is about little children. Crowds gathered around Jesus and people brought little children to him. The disciples, thinking the children might be noisy or disturb Jesus while he was teaching, spoke sternly.
Jesus saw this and said, “Allow the little children to come to me! Don’t forbid them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (10:14).
Jesus told all who were gathered there that the kingdom of God belongs to children. He teaches us that children know how to listen to God’s message of love and how to receive it. Adults can learn this from you.
The story ends by telling us that when the children came to Jesus “he took them in his arms, and blessed them…” (10:16).
Children, you are loved and blessed by God.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2009, Richard Niell Donovan