People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; 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." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
as a leader in today's church
it is hard to imagine anyone trying
to stop children from coming to you.
And yet we do
-- we do stop
your children from coming.
With our words and our actions,
Your children who don't speak our language,
Your children who don't sit still,
Your children who can't or won't be quiet,
Your children who have physical limitations,
Your children with mental illness,
Your children who are more liberal than we are,
Your children who are more conservative than we are,
Your children who are more charismatic than we are,
Your children who are more reserved than we are.
Your blessings, Lord, are not reserved for some.
Your amazing grace is for ALL.
"Do not stop them..." you say to us,
"For the kingdom of God belongs to such as these."
return to child-like faith
--a faith that welcomes all
for Christ's sake.