Are mothers still interested in bringing their children to Jesus?
“Suffer the little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of God.” – Mark 10:14
I was passing in the area of a kindergarten school shortly after three one day and driving according to the school zone, was able to see a solidly built young mother with two tiny tots holding on to her hands. She was scantily dressed and as she walked she was yanking their little hands and shouting a curse word to them at the same time.
I told you that it was the time school comes out and traffic was almost at stand still. I spoke to her and urged her to be tender with her little ones. Can I tell you that she had on a pair of short shorts and all the lessons on any blackboard that day were on her body. What’s going on, asked the late Marvin Gaye! The writings are no longer on the wall but on bodies top to bottom!
Crime, as it concerns murders especially of young men, is at an all-time high and is leaving the “Rachels” weeping for their children. But did not Jesus give the cure in his rebuke to the disciples who were preventing the mothers from bringing their children to be blessed? Bring them to me!
Question. Are mothers still interested in bringing their children to Jesus, or are they holding on to the passing fancies of worldly materialism and trying to impress? I offered a child a school bag and he flatly told me that he wanted a Nike bag! I told him that Nike may go to school but not for learning or yearning! I know that I am going to get body slammed verbally, but many mothers of this country have a lot of explaining to do to God for the condition your children are in. Children are a reflection of their parents. I say mothers because we here in The Bahamas live in a matriarchal society – daddy may but mother must!
The late Marian Wright Edelman was president of the Children’s Defense Fund. It published a Seven-Day Devotional Guide with prayers for children each day of the week. I share.
Monday – 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 he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.
Lord help us realize that we work with you in preparing our children for the future and in preparing the future for our children. Remind us to act personally, socially, and politically for our children, mindful that what we do today determines the kind of adults our children will become.
Lord, deliver our children from evil and help us to value them as you do. Lord, we praise you for who you are and for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the legacy of four ancestors. Help us to carry on their demonstrated courage, deep convictions, and commitment to making a difference for the next generation. Many of the benefits we enjoy are the result of their sacrifices and testify to your goodness and grace. For these and all other blessings, we thank you.
Tuesday – “Train children in the right way, and when old they will not stray. My child give me your heart, and let your eyes observe my ways” (Proverbs 22:6/23:26).
Lord, help us to teach our children by precept and example. Teach us how to use all our talents, skills and money to help our children develop morally, spiritually, emotionally, socially, mentally and physically. Help us to live out our faith in such a way that you are glorifies and we serve as models to our children. Lord, we praise you for who you are and for all that you have done for us. We thank you for the privilege of nurturing our children and helping them grow in mind, body and spirit.
Wednesday – Speak out for those who cannot speak, for the rights of all the destitute. Speak out, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.
Teach us how to speak for children with those in power, because our children cannot speak or vote for themselves. Touch the hearts of our leaders and remind them of the future they hold in trust for the next generation and the moral responsibility they have to care for the most vulnerable and poorest members of our society, our children. Praise you for who you are and for all that you have done for us. Thank you for hearing our prayers and for responding to our children’s needs.
Thursday – “Give justice to the weak and the orphan; maintain the right of the lowly and the destitute” (Psalm 82:3).
Lord, guide us as we work for justice for our children. We pray for all the youths in prison, and for their families. Lord, have mercy on our children and deliver them from evil. We pray for the victims of violent crimes and their families. Comfort them in their grief and keep them from hating those who have hurt them. Lord, have mercy upon our children and deliver them from evil. We pray for those children born addicted to and affected at birth by their parents’ use of crack, cocaine, heroin, alcohol, and tobacco. Lord, have mercy upon our children and deliver them from evil. We pray for children who suffer with AIDS. Lord, have mercy upon our children and deliver them from evil. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayers on behalf of all the children in our community and deliver them from evil. We pray also that you will strengthen parents and re-instill hope in their hearts. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer and deliver us from evil. Lord, we thank you for hope.
Friday – “And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets” (Zechariah 8:5).
Lord, help us rid our neighborhoods of drugs and crime and violence so that our streets are safe for our children to play in. Help us rebuild our community, including our extended Black family network, and instill within us a sense of responsibility to each other. Help us to see and respond to the needs of all children. Lord, we thank you for opportunities to serve and for your vision for us through which we have hope.
Saturday – What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but do not have works? Can faith save you: If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace and keep warm and eat your fill,” and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead” (James 2:14-17).
Lord, help us serve you by serving others. Help us recognize and respond to the needs of the children in our own families: our sons and daughters, nieces, nephews, and grandchildren. Help us recognize the needs of children in our congregations and communities. Help us to respond properly to their needs, using the resources you have given us, including the sharing of our knowledge, time and energy. Bless us with wisdom and the strength to do your will for our children. Help us reflect our relationship with you in our relationships with other people. Thank you for the visionaries in our community through whom you have worked and are working to bring your vision for our children community and nation to fruition. Lord, we thank you for all of your blessings.
Sunday – “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:7-9).
Lord, strengthen us to do your will so we will not get tired and give up. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer. Encourage our hearts as we strive to help children. Lord in your mercy hear our prayer. Help us not to give up on children as you have not given up on us. Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer. Teach us how to reach our youths: reclaim them, care for them, revive in them a sense of hope, provide them opportunity, and teach them basics biblical values. Lord, in your mercy ear our prayer. Lord, than, you for hope and he opportunity to serve.