Daily Dose, June 7 — Moments to Remember

People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. (Mark 10:13-16)

Mrs. Jeanette loved the Ebenezer Methodist Church. She raised her family in that vital congregation in the rural Jackson county. She wanted to see her church thrive and grow. She specifically wanted young families to become active and raise their own children within the circle of Christ’s love. She invited me to Sunday dinner to discuss the matter.

I was in my early 20s, just learning the ropes of church leadership. She was a widow in her early 70s.

“Preacher Don,” said she, “We need more babies in our church, and I want you and me to do something about it!”

I blushed and we both laughed until we cried. Then we got busy planning activities that would help children experience God’s love and have fun at the same time.

“Let the little children come to me,” said Jesus. Smart church leaders make it priority number 1. Little children need to know the stories Jesus told. They need to sing “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” These stories and songs will become guiding stars in their sky.

Youth need to be encouraged and challenged with Jesus’ life and teachings. Let’s spend and be spent in this work. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don