Don’t Get Between a Child and Jesus

Let the little children come to me.
                  —Mark 10:14

J.C. Rigney was a sweet old man who loved children. He always had a pocketful of gum that he gave to kids who crowded around him after church. Some of them, residents at our Children’s Home, had been abused, abandoned, or orphaned. They kept their distance until they sensed he was genuine—after that, they were first in line.

I come away sad—somewhat angry—when I read about the apostles running interference to keep children from bothering Jesus. “[Jesus] was indignant . . . ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,’” he said.

Eugene Henderson paraphrased the verse this way: “Jesus was irate and let them know it: ‘Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me.’”

Never, by word or deed, get between a child and Jesus.

Bring a child to Jesus
and you may change the world.

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