Matthew 19:14, But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Today I was at a “Celebration Service” for a five-year old girl. Why a “Celebration” and not a funeral? Well, from all that I heard about this little girl she was a bundle of joy. She made friends with everyone, she loved a party and she was just an all-around happy girl. You may ask, why does that make her so different from other little girls? Well, the answer is this, she LOVED JESUS.
This little girl was born with a very severe health problem. She wasn’t expected to live very long. But God heard the prayers of her parents and a group of people in a church in a small town. Things turned around for her. It was through this that her parents got involved with the church and not long after dedicated their daughter to the Lord when she was just a few months old. They promised to bring her up in a Christian home, a home where she would be taught who Jesus is and what He did for her. Her parents followed through on that promise.
This little girl, who had many visits to the hospital and doctors, never complained. She was a “trooper” in the words of her pastor. She was strong, bold, and even in the midst of the worse of times said, “we should always be dressed up.” She didn’t allow her circumstances to dictate her mood or her outlook on life. How can a child of 5 do this? It comes from having the Word of God in her heart and mind from an early age. It can happen when she understands fully just how much Jesus loves her and that He is with her no matter what.
I was so taken back during the service. The songs played while we were waiting for the service to begin were all children’s songs. Many I have not hear for nearly 30 years. I realized that many of the people in that room had probably never heard them. There was, Jesus Loves Me, Jesus Loves the Little Children, This Little Light of Mine, Jesus Wants Me for A Sunbeam, Happy Day Express, One Door and Only One, I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, and many more that I cannot remember at present. The organist played nearly 30 children’s Sunday School songs. The song, Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho, was played as special music. It was from a CD with kids singing. It was a song from Vacation Bible School that this little girl sang for days. The songs we heard were songs that teach truth about Jesus and His Word, songs that teach how we should live, songs about things people in the Bible, and songs about going to heaven. Songs that are short and catchy so they can be remembered. Oh, to hear children singing songs like that again.
It is so important that we teach our children about Jesus at an early age. We never know when God will call them home.
In Christ Alone,