June 5, 2006
“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).
Do Not Look Down on These Little Ones
It was the first time the Lutheran Hour Ministries employees visited the school for mentally ill children, and they were not sure how to speak or act. Many of the children are orphans or from broken families. Most of them have never studied in school, never had enough to eat, and never knew what kindness was until they came to the school. Obviously, it was not easy to win their favor. The hardest thing is to break the ice of constraint and the fear that the children have when around strangers. But the words of Christ, “See that you do not look down on these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven,” moved LHM people to do something for these children. God had a plan for them. As we talked about Jesus’ love, we saw the bright, trustful eyes of the children full of interest.
On our next visit, the children met us as old, good friends. Two teenage girls, who were LHM volunteers, accompanied the group. The leader of the group, Lana, was not sure if it was good to take the girls along with us because she was afraid the orphans would be hurt by seeing children from good families. But the girls helped us to create a comfortable, trustful atmosphere. They helped to lead the concert and hand out presents. The children were quite happy to participate with our young assistants. The children remembered LHM volunteers, waited for us, and read their Bibles. They even sang a song about Christ that they had learned last time.
Christ became so real for those children. They could see Him and His love through other people. The LHM employees soon became good friends of the children.
Children can be a burden from the worldly point of view, especially invalid children. The world wants pleasure and comfort. There is a popular commercial in Russia that say, “Take all from life.” But children require much time and a lot of effort. To bring up children is a ministry of life! God calls us His children, and He calls us lost children in the parable about the prodigal son. He teaches us to serve the weak.
Let us remember the children, who are little ones, for their angels in heaven always see the face of our Father in heaven. Amen.