Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.
Thought for the Day: Jesus loves you, His child.
“Red and Yellow, Black and White, they are precious in His sight, Jesus loves the little children of the world.” These are the words I learned when I was a little girl growing up in the early sixties in the song “Jesus Loves the Little Children”. I’m so glad I was taught that song in Sunday School when I was tiny, as those words have stayed in my mind and heart through these fifty plus years. That song taught me that I was loved by God and that children of all colors were also loved by God in the same way. In my thirty years of teaching, I have learned a lot about that love of God, as I have loved my almost 600 students with all my heart. This love is a part of me now because I was taught so early by loving parents, Sunday School teachers, and school teachers that this is how God loves.
Today, I watch my children and how they show love to others. How well have my husband and I taught them to love? As I look at my fourteen-year old son, I see one of the most caring children I have ever met. As he shares stories about his friends I realize that he shares wonderful stories about all those around him: red and yellow, black and white…they are precious in his sight. As I look at my seven-year old son, I observe a child who doesn’t even see the differences in people…he just loves everyone! As I watch these two precious ones, I must say I am happy. “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”
Prayer: Father God, thank you for those parents and teachers who have taught us how to live. Thank you that in our minds, we are a little “color blind” as we look at people around us. Help us to bring the words to the song about your son into our minds every day. He loves the little children, all the children of the world. Your child, Amen.
Prayer Focus: Love for Children