The faith of a child. That’s the phrase that is playing in my head lately. Jesus valued it and admonished his closest friends when they were trying to “protect” him by not allowing the children in the villages to crowd him. Jesus even went a step further and said, “… for to such (meaning the children) belongs the kingdom of God.”
My youngest daughter was three years old when my father began his eternal life in heaven with Jesus. When we would visit my mom not long after he had gone, my daughter would ask for “P-pa” wanting to know where he was and why he wasn’t there with “Me-ma.” One of us would answer that P-pa was in heaven. She would listen and look at you with her brown eyes, then happily go about whatever she was doing. Child-like faith. Did she understand it all? Most likely not; but she accepted it based on the love she knew from those who answered her.
In our elementary classrooms, a large piece of paper is attached to a wall with the title, “Prayer Wall.” Nothing fancy. But a place for children to write a prayer that is on their hearts. On Monday mornings one of my favorite things to do is to walk down the hall and step into each classroom and read what’s on the “Prayer Wall.” There are prayer requests for friends and family members who are sick; for a dad to get a job; for a family to get a new home. Today, this one caught my eye. Simple. Child-like faith. She knows she can trust the One who loves her so much.
Luke 18:15-17 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.”
Posted on Mon, March 17, 2014
by Children's Ministry