"Let the little children come to Me ... for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14
One of the greatest responsibilities in any of our lives is the care of the children God gives us. What a special privilege is ours to bring new lives into this world, and what a tremendous responsibility accompanies this blessing!
Never, it would appear, have the challenges to this extremely important responsibility been greater. Families are under siege by a host of contrary forces, threatening to estrange children from parents, endeavoring to pollute their minds and bodies with sinister forces and substances from television tube or street corner. Pressures on marriage and resulting parental separations create havoc and emotional confusion in children's minds.
Our text highlights the greatest need of children, which is also the greatest need of us all: to come to Jesus Christ. In Holy Baptism His love is poured out on us, bringing us to faith and salvation and making us members of His kingdom. And throughout life we grow in faith through His Word, and we experience His love through the care of Christian parents and others -- love that is manifest in both words and deeds, love that overflows into prayer.
PRAYER: Help us, O Lord Jesus Christ, to bring others, especially the children, closer to You. Amen.
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