Matthew 19:13-15 the little children
13 Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” 15 When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.
Let the children come! Oh the joy of the sound of children laughing but more so the joy of children as they learn about God. Their questions asked with thoughtfulness and yet depth we usually don’t expect. Their innocence and their inspiring hope also add to the wonderfulness of having children in church. Yet as we age we forgot much of the wonder of our youth. We fail to see the beauty in the world around us and we let the little things get covered by the big things.Yet Jesus challenges his disciples in this scene. They seem to think that Jesus does not have time for the children or childish ways and yet in a powerful example of love Jesus says let them come and he taught them. The worth of children during this time wasn’t much and yet Jesus took the time to make them feel worthy. He taught them and the grownups around an important lesson about wonder and greatness in the world. Today, think of a joke and share one, even if it is silly! Laughing is a good way to get in touch with our youthful selves. The ones who believed without question; who saw wonder in the world; who trusted without worry and who loved without hesitation.