But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. – Mark 10:14
I had to smile when I read this week’s topic, I just need to know somebody cares. I have this memory of a toddler who did not want to go to bed at her usual bedtime. Oh, she tried so many ways – “I want a story”, “I need to say another prayer” (ok, who could deny THAT one), “I need a drink”, “I’m scared.” You get the picture!
One tired mom kept returning to the room to calm her down and reassure her, but, at last, lost her patience and told her to GET TO SLEEP! At which point, the toddler sobbed and sobbed until her daddy went in to comfort her. She chokingly said, “I just want my mommy to love me!”
In this verse from Mark, the disciples cannot understand that Jesus would want the distraction of children. In this ancient world, children had no rights and were to be seen (maybe) and not heard. But Jesus welcomes these little ones. The least of the least have a special place with Jesus.
“Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest” (Luke 9:48).
So how might my attitude be hindering the least of these coming to know Jesus?
Prayer: O Father, please help me to never put off the least of these who need to know your love. Help me and use me to show them your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Contributed by Vickie Petersen
Read 1 John 4 and record any insights you gain here.
Call to Connection
Write lyrics from your favorite song/hymn about Jesus’ love for you. Ask a child to sing you their favorite song about Jesus.