“Let the children come to me, 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.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.
Thought for the Day: Jesus took them in his arms and blessed them.
There are days as a parent that we look at our children as they grow in their knowledge of God and are thankful. Recently, the boys and I were home without my husband so I made them fried peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I made my oldest son’s sandwich first and put it on the table. I told him to go on and eat as I made another sandwich because I didn’t want it to get cold. As he sat down, I heard, “God, thank you for this food and for giving us a good day. Amen.” That was such a great feeling as a mother to hear my son pray before he began eating. A few minutes later, I placed my youngest son’s sandwich on the table and asked him to come and eat. Again I turned away to make another sandwich. “God, thank you for Daddy, and Mama, and ‘Ya Ya’ (big brother). Thank you for this food. Amen.” At that point, my heart melted as I realized what had just taken place. Without the reminder to say the blessing, both of my boys sat with their meal in front of them and gave thanks. Since that time, our youngest son has added to his blessing, “God thank you for dying on the cross for us.” We do not know what has happened and what has led our boys to so automatically pray when they sit for their meal, but we know it is wonderful and touching to witness.
But, yes, we do know really! We do know what has happened. As a family, we sit at the table for a meal and before each meal we say a prayer thanking God for His provisions. Each Sunday morning, although it is normally quite difficult, our children go to Church. Many times I am drained of all energy before we enter the church building, but they are there. My thought this morning, as we witnessed a beautiful prayer as we sat at our meal last evening from our youngest child, is that “We have done something right.” “Jesus said, ‘Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.’ And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands upon them.’” Oh, wow…..Just think…..If every time we share Jesus with our children by taking them to Church or praying before a meal we visualize Jesus taking them in His arms, what a beautiful and peaceful vision that would be.
Prayer: God, You are our almighty God whom we love. Thank you for loving us and for loving our children. Thank you for the joy we feel when we hear our children pray and thank you for our provisions. Thank you for taking our children in your arms and blessing them. Help us each day to bring their thoughts to you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: Parents and Children