Prayer: Let the little children come to you, Jesus, and help us to be like little children. Amen.
Reading: Mark 10: 2-16 (Click to read text)
Stop and GROW: After reading the text, discuss/ponder the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's Book of Faith questions, which are part of Camp Mount Luther's GROW Time with campers.
QUESTION 1: What scares, confuses, challenges, or doesn’t make sense to me in this text?
QUESTION 2: What delights me in this text or is my favorite part of the story?
QUESTION 3: What stories or memories does this text stir in me?
QUESTION 4: What is God up to in this text?
Reflection: I will admit my bias right up front today. I love children. While some would prefer to spend time with adults, I would rather be in a room full of kids. I enjoy their innocence, their ability to say it like it is, and their fun-loving attitude.
I know of a few people in a local congregation who think that kids should be quiet and respectful during the church. They have problems if kids are running around the sanctuary, or heaven forbid, go up to the chancel. One of them even wrote a letter to the pastor sharing their feelings.
When I heard about this, all I could think about was this verse. Jesus says, “Let the little children come to me.” Shouldn’t we want our children to be in church? Shouldn’t they be allowed to show their excitement for God’s love? I know they pay attention more than you think they do. My children are proof of that.
Often, I get on my soapbox about things like this, particularly when people say that our children and youth are the church of tomorrow. No, I disagree. They are the church of today. Let them participate! Let them have a say in what goes on. Wouldn’t it be neat if one Sunday the children and youth gave the message and the more experienced adults were the acolytes?
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