From Jim’s Cluttered Desks
January 19, 2022
Jesus loves the little children.
Those words make me want to break into song! “Red, brown, yellow, black, and white!
They are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
Yes, Jesus does have a special place in his heart for children.
Perhaps this comes from the Hebrew Bible’s emphasis on teaching children the laws
and stories of their faith. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 points out the importance of “talking” about
the commandments. We know that Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem every
year (a sixty mile journey from Nazareth) for the Feast of the Passover. No doubt they
often talked about the trip and the reasons for it. Look up Luke 2:41-52 for some
information about one of those trips.
In Mark 9:33-37 and Mark 10:13-15 offered the example of children as something his
followers should emulate. And there in Mark 10:16 Jesus holds little ones in his arms
and blesses them.
This coming Sunday our worship services will focus on that wonderful relationship
Jesus engendered with children.
It will be easy to focus on COVID-19 home test kits and N95 face masks this week.
Perhaps there might be something greater to consider. Please join me in thinking about
our influence on the lives of young people. What do they take away from overhearing
our conversations? How are we praying for them and their parents? How are we
blessing them, just like Jesus did.
Jesus loves the little children…all the children of the world.
See you Sunday,