Children’s ministry

handOnly be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live.

Teach them to your children and to their children after them. Deuteronomy 4:9

We were all there that day to sing songs with the kids. Not necessarily worship. Do kids even know what that means? They’re too young to understand, right? But as the music started and we began to sing “Jesus, Lamb of God…worthy is your name…”, there was a deep silence that fell on the children. They were all still and focused. As if that wasn’t enough for my narrow mind to take in…when the song ended, a quiet boy in the second row raised his hand.

“Yes Jason, what is it?”

“ummm, can we… can we sing that song again?”

It’s like Jesus’ presence was all over the melody and His children could feel it. Right then I got a picture in my head of Jesus. He showed me that day that He’s scent and presence was too sweet to be ignored, even by children. Beautiful as He is, He got down to Jason’s level and introduced Himself through a melody. Therapeutic, understanding and delightful.

While I thought I was undermining children’s capabilities to be spiritually aware, I was actually undermining Jesus’ ability to reveal Himself to kids. Now I understood why it’s important to tell the next generation of all that God has done for us. The truth of His presence throughout the years, the truth of His love for us and them, the truth of His sacrifice for them…these are truths that can set them free. Who am I to hold it to myself?

My God, from the mouths of infants, You have ordained Praise.

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