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The Little Children
Ginger Exum

The Litte Children


And they brought unto Him also infants, that He would touch them: but when His disciples aw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto Him, and said ‘Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not: for of such is the Kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. – Luke 18:15-17


Why did Jesus compare the kingdom of God to children? A child is young; too young for the evil of the world to touch them. They trust and love completely without any doubt of receiving the same. They smile and laugh, making the world a bright and better place. Of course, they have the occasional melt down when they are tired or doesn’t get their way about something … but adults do that as well.


The disciples were shooing away the children for what they considered more important people. But Jesus considered all who came to Him as a child; a child who would remember His blessing after He was hung on a cross on calvary. He knew they would one day spread the gospel as an adult.


It matters how you treat these little ones; it is up to us to show them love and kindness; otherwise, how will they learn? And in sharing with our children, we create another generation of disciples to pass on the gospel. If we can give them anything at all, it would surely be the best gift of all.


Lessons for Living


I see you looking at your children, Wondering what their lives will be.
If you verify some answers, Then their future you might see.

Have you taught them to be truthful? Have you taught them to be kind?
Have you given them the wisdom Needed to be color blind?

Have you taught them to be caring For those handicapped some way?
Do you read to them at bedtime? Have you taught them how to pray?

Have you taken time to tell them What a miracle life is?
How to be aware of nature, Share the beauty that it gives?

Have you taught them how important It is to have respect for one another?
To be grateful, not be prideful When good fortune you discover?

Do you let them know you love them In a way that leaves no doubt,
So they know that is one thing That they will never be without?

We like to think we've done our best. Sometimes that's very true.
Can you say 'yes' to all my questions? I will leave that up to you.

I hope your answer is affirmative, For then I know that you will see
A future filled with happiness Like it's supposed to be.

Alora M. Knight.