THE STORY OF JESUS: Mark 10:13-16
“He took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” (Mark 10:16)
This picture of Jesus appeals to me, welcoming the children.
Too often in my experience of church, children are meant to be seen, not heard.
We force them to be quiet it church so we can concentrate.
Or we give them a children’s moment, then shoo them off to children’s church.
I recall a visiting mom sitting in the very back with her crying child.
A friend sitting next to her was horrified by all the darks looks she got.
The message was clear, your child belongs in the babysit, not here.
This strikes me as the same as the disciples rebuking these parents.
When I imagine God’s family room, I imagine kids being there too.
Running, laughing, playing, making noise and being seen and heard.
They will be part of the moment, and not sent away by adults to the playroom.
The kids and adults will all feel welcome, and blessed, and enjoy each other.
This sounds a lot like ‘messy church’ (see what that is here).
Would you be more like Jesus, or like the disciples, with the kids around?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, forgive us for shooing the kids away. Help us to see how kids are an important part of life in your kingdom! We need them and they need us!