Bless the Children
By Mavis Tipton
A few weeks ago, our church did a week of VBS. Our theme was “The Incredible Race”. We had a great turn out of children from 4-11 years old.
Every day they came revved up for all the exciting things that were planned for them. Bible stories, games, crafts, snacks, worship. Their morning was packed full.
Co-teacher Fawn and myself had the privilege of helping teach the Bible story to 4 & 5 year old’s each day, along with the help of their favorite character “Speedy”.
We prayed for the children entrusted to our care, that their hearts would be saturated with God’s Word, His truth, His love. That they would know that they are “God’s prized possession.”James 1:8b. That they are loved and are to love one another, and be kind to one another.
Each day we trusted the Lord to do what only He can do…touch their hearts and souls. At the close of some days we would wonder did they hear anything we tried to teach them? You know 4 and 5 years old’s can be pretty busy, going from one thing to another. Wanting this or that, learning to share and be kind. Learning to take turns, etc.
The week went by fast, and here it was the last day. It was “Speedy Time” their favorite time. We did the Bible story, and then Speedy and I began asking them questions as we reviewed the week.
We were amazed at how much they remembered, not just one or two children but all of them. Our hearts were full and running over with joy that they were leaving with ‘treasure in their hearts’.
Matt: 19:14-15 “But Jesus said,‘Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children. And He placed His hands on their heads and blessed them before He left.”
The children of today whether young or older live in a very difficult time…even though we have so much at our fingertips to make life easier, it is anything but easier. Life is too busy and complicated. Don’t cast aside a child who is misbehaving, as you have no idea of what that they are going through, or what they live in. Take the opportunity and teach them what is right and above all the love of God.
It is heartbreaking to see how many children are cast aside and go from pillar to post, due to the circumstances they were born into. But what a joy it is to see them respond to love and acceptance…isn’t that what we all want?
I applaud grandparents, aunts and uncles foster parents, and adoptive parents who take these children into their homes and raise them as their own. Your crown will be magnificent.
I pray that the parents, grandparents, aunt/uncles, foster parents, and adoptive parents will keep their children in church and bring them up in the ways of the Lord. That they will know and see that they are loved by the ‘family of God.’
That the seeds that are planted will be watered, and nurtured as the children grow physically and spiritually. That the love of God and His people will heal their tender hearts and set them on the path of victory. We are responsible for the educational and spiritual growth of our children.
Bless the Children
Matt. 6:33 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”