Mark 10:13-16 tells the story of Jesus and the children and it’s one of my favorites. There is so much we can learn from these scriptures about childlike faith and dependence on the Lord. Jesus made a point to show that each life is precious and valuable in His kingdom. Above all, our children at RBC need to know they have value, and that there is a plan and a purpose in every scripture in the Bible and a plan and a purpose for their life. The entire children’s department works very hard at planning and implementing what our children are learning each week. We have them for a short time and a very important time and we take that very seriously.
There are times when I like to hear from the kids themselves about what they are learning. They can say some amazing things. Their thoughts are often fresh, quick and always honest, often leading in directions I would have never thought about. This past week I had the opportunity for some great conversation with some of our children. The lesson was about Joshua and the walls of Jericho. This is always a favorite for children so getting them to retell the story was easy and fun! Then God lead me to talk about His plan for Moses and Joshua and then the children talked about what they felt God had planned for them. It was wonderful! Just listening to their excitement was so refreshing. I wanted to write about that experience because I realized how Jesus must have felt that day sitting with that group of children. After talking with them, verse 16 says, “After taking them in His arms, He laid His hands on them and blessed them.” It is my hope that each of you reading this newsletter will remember our children in your prayers and remember how Jesus took the time to talk with them and bless each of them before sending them on their way.