FOR... Schools - Day 2

Opening Prayer:

Lord, bless this time spent with you today. Show me ways to grow in my faith and ways to show your love to those around me. Amen.

Read:  Matthew 18:5

“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.”

Reflection:

Famous author C.S. Lewis once said that “Children are not distractions from more important work, they are the most important work.” Here in Matthew, Jesus is calling those who follow him to care for children. This may mean caring for your own children and raising them to know and love Christ. This may mean caring for children in your extended family such as nieces, nephews or grandchildren by spending quality time with them and investing in their lives. Caring for children may mean volunteering with elementary aged, middle school or high school students at church. This is a way to be a role model to someone that may not have one. Caring for children may mean considering if adoption or foster care could be right for your family. It may also mean partnering with an organization to provide food, items or money for needy children in your community or around the world. Worldhunger.org states that approximately 3.1 million children die from under-nutrition each year. Childrensdefense.org states that in 2017 nearly 1 in 5 children lived in poverty. Clearly there is need all around us to step up and care for children.

 There are so many ways that we can show love and consideration to the children in our lives, in our communities and globally. Giving our knowledge, our time and our resources are ways we can invest in the next generation of Christ followers. Jesus unconditionally loves children and so should we.

 

Apply:

Being able to share your faith and influence with the next generation for Christ is one of our greatest privileges. Take the time today to really contemplate how caring for children might look for you. In what way is God asking you to give yourself and your resources to the children around you and around the world?

Closing Prayer:

Jesus, you have called us to love children and the need is great. Show me ways that I can shine your light to the children I may meet. Help me to be a positive influence in the lives of children. Amen.

Terry Schneider