Saturday, September 13, 2014

When the Children Come, So Does the Kingdom

Sunday, September 14, 2014

When the Children Come, So Does the Kingdom

Answering the Call to Cherish and Protect Every Child

Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way. Matthew 19:13-15 NRSV

Today she turns 16. Today he turns 16.

Sixteen years ago today two important people entered into my life in very different circumstances.

After being the youngest girl in my family for 19 years (and through 12 boys), my baby girl cousin came into this world with her big cheeks and crazy dark hair.

He was born to one of my best friends who was only 18 and had just lost her father and graduated high school.

Even at 19, I could not help but to love, protect, and cherish these children. Again and again they have shown me the Kingdom of God on Earth.  

Each day these meditations will help us cherish and protect those children we know and those we don’t know. These meditations will remind us to take action in words, movement, and prayer so that we continue to find ways to break down the barriers that keep children from Jesus’ love.

God of our Children, Help us to truly cherish each child as the blessing and gift that you have created as a masterpiece. Find ways for us to protect them from the dangers that threaten to keep them away from you and your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Rev. Dr. Olivia Bryan Updegrove
Family and Children’s Co-Minister for Disciples Home Missions and the Faith Formation Team of the United Church of Christ

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