Daily Lectionary Readings for Year B
Luke 18:15-17 is one of my favorites. Jesus blesses the children. People were bringing children, even infants, to Jesus that he might bless them. The disciples thought that was a waste of his time and tried to shoo them away. But Jesus stopped his disciples and said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”
It would be hard to imagine Jesus without this insight into his heart. He shows yet again that everyone is important. This passage helps us to see that Jesus is compassionate, loving, and kind.
When life gets complicated, remember Jesus blessing the children. Pay attention to the ones some feel are not worth your time. Sit down on the ground to see the world from their perspective. Imagine what a difference it would be if every child were blessed, loved, and welcomed. And ponder the trust it would take for each of us to approach our faith as a little child, full of wonder.
I am thankful that Rev. Jane Ellen Johnson is continuing to minister with the children of the church. Jane Ellen not only prepares a special message for worship, but also sends home a packet of activities and materials to each child each week. That's one of the reasons I am so thankful for your faithful financial support of the church. "Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them."