As we get back into the “school routine,” I am reminded of this story in Matt. 18:1.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’
2He called a child, whom he put among them, 3and said, ‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
We have a special place in our hearts for children. Our value for “these little ones” has led us to start public and “Sunday” schools as well as work for Child labor laws.
Our care and concern has even led us to be over indulgent and extra affirming in ways that can lead to false praise and unearned forgiveness.
And on top of all that, it’s just tough to be a parent these days. With all the media channels and unhealthy ideas floating around our society, children are often influenced in ways parents would be horrified about just a few decades ago.
In the midst of all this is our desire, to offer as a church a safe place where children can come, learn about God, heal from some of their scars and grow into the kind of loving, responsible and graceful people God wants them to be.
To that end we have