The Children's Blessing

Matt 19:13-15 Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." 15 And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.

Sadly, many children are kept away, taken away or drawn away from the kingdom of heaven by those who have them in their care-parents, guardians, teachers, musicians, television and movie producers and others of influence. As we contemplate the beginning of another year, one of our first concerns is for the children in our care and on whom we exert influence. We long for God to watch over them and bless them.

In the May 28, 1998, edition of USA Today, a letter to the editor appeared.

Will someone help me save my son? At two, he is a reflection of innocence. His vulnerability to this harsh, violent, ignorant and uncaring world rips my heart. He knows nothing of the killing in our country or the abuse within the homes of children his age. He has no idea of the complete social and moral decay of our country.

Does anyone care anymore? Will someone please help me save my son? (Edward Moats, Belleair Beach, FL)

This father was well ahead of many parents in realizing he needed help. We Christians can, of course, tell others where such help can be found.

Bringing our children to a local congregation of God's people is one way we fulfill the intention of those who brought children to Jesus to be touched by Him. We seek God's blessing for the children here by teaching, loving, directing and praying for them. And even more importantly, we do well in showing them what it means to live for Christ-by loving, obeying and serving Him, putting Him before all else, since our example goes much further than our words.