Let Children Come to Jesus – Matthew 19:13-14

My mother says I came home and reported to her that I’d asked Jesus in my heart at an after-school program. With great reverence I said,

“I felt Jesus all over me.”

I love how children explain things that they haven’t tried to express before. In my child-like understanding I knew my life had changed.

A little can help a lot

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When my husband agreed to train with me to become foster parents, my commitment was to help children experience a home that might affect their lives forever.

I’ve known adults who were impacted by spending one week at summer camp. Certainly I could do the same for a child, though caring for children short-term was a different parenting paradigm than I was accustomed to. But if we would only foster one child, I knew helping the one would be worth it.

Do not hinder them from coming to Jesus

“Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven'” (Matthew 19:13-14 ESV).

I think I wouldn’t know Jesus like I do if there hadn’t been children in my life. I’ve learned so much from their trust, vulnerability, joy, openness, transparency, dependence, and need to bond. It seems clear that’s what Jesus meant when he said the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these.

Prayer

Lord, I think that if you hadn’t made a point of welcoming children that day, I might not have benefited from the caring adult who invited me to your side. Thank you so much for people like her, and for making us all a part of your kingdom.

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

 

 

 

Boundaries are a Good Thing, part 1

Under honey-blonde bangs my captivating four-year-old raised imploring eyes to me and once again asked if she could pet the horse. And once again I reminded her how the electrified fence had made me jump, emphasizing the gravity of my injury with “Owie, it really hurt me.” I rubbed my shoulder for emphasis.

She studied the fence again. “Mama, why doesn’t the horse come over here so I can pet him?”

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I tapped my cheek. You might say it was a teaching moment, but I was merely living and enjoying the warm day by the river with one of my favorite people. “Why do you think he doesn’t come?”

She stuck her thumb in her mouth then examined it as though it tasted like someone else’s. She wiped it on her shirt. “Would the fence hurt him?”

“Well, maybe.” With no direction in mind, I let my thoughts wander closer to her pace. “Why do you think the farmer put that fence there, anyway?”

Her forehead pushed her eyebrows into a scowl. “He doesn’t like horses.” She held her eyebrows there till I thought they might be stuck.

“Is that right?” I pointed to the shed, and to the pile of hay next to it. “Do you think the farmer built that for the horse so he would have a dry place to sleep?”

She took my hand and pulled me closer. I lowered my ear to her whisper. “No, mama, the horse built it.” Then she giggled.

–to be continued at Boundaries are a Good Thing, part 2.

a work of fiction by Kathy Sheldon Davis

Piggyback Jesus Followers – John 1

A simple story, Jesus passes by some guys hanging out with John the Baptist and two of them break away and follow Jesus. Turning around, he sees them and asks,

“What do you want?” (What would I say if Jesus asked me that?)

Perhaps they were just curious about the man their teacher had identified as “the One.” Or maybe they were zealous young men looking for a way to change the world. I don’t know all they were thinking, but they answered that they wanted to know where Jesus was staying.

“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”

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After spending the day with Jesus, Andrew found his brother Simon and brought him to Jesus. The next day Jesus invited Philip, saying, “Follow me.” Then Philip brought Nathaniel (from John 1:35-45 NIV).

You have just had your first lesson in discipleship.

To recap,
1. two guys separated themselves from the community to look for and learn about God’s chosen One.
2. they followed Jesus as soon as they recognized him.
3. they spent a few hours getting to know him.
4. they brought others to him.

I think the order of these things is worth noting. After all, how can I bring someone to Jesus if I haven’t made the effort to become acquainted with him myself?

by Kathy Sheldon Davis

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