Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. (Matthew 19:13 NRSV)

It is shocking that the disciples should have rebuked anyone for bringing children to Jesus. Halford Luccock asks in the Interpreter's Bible: "How could they be with Christ so continuously, seeing what He cared about most, hearing His words, and still fail so dismally to understand him?" Luccock answers his own question by saying: "Here is a mirror. Look into it. That will help you fathom the mystery..."

How could they miss the point of Jesus' message? How can we? All through the years, even among those who profess to follow Jesus the most, there have been those who have missed His message. It is hard to believe, but there have even been those over the history of the Christian Church who have had stern rebukes for those who have tried to bring children to Jesus. The discovery of the child as a person of inalienable rights is a relatively new one in Christian history...and child labor laws were not passed until nineteen centuries after Jesus...and most were passed over the objections of church people! They supported long hours of child labor because it kept the children off the streets!

In 1915 a poet by the name of Sarah Northcliffe Cleghorn wrote:

"The golf links lie so near the mill
That almost every day
The laboring children can look out
And watch the men at play."

With all the tragic events of our world, our children need our love more than ever.

Dear God, work through me to bring love to all of your children. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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