Children are such a blessing.

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Last Wednesday night, in our multi-age Bible class for children, I got to be the centers leader for a group of boys. My group had two boys age eleven, one age five, and one age 3. First, we did a fruit of the Spirit bingo game. The same eleven-year-old won all three games.

Next, I supervised a Bible matching game. I wish you could have seen the eleven-year-olds’ faces when the five-year-old made one match after another. They weren’t upset or mean, just very surprised. The five-year-old didn’t gloat at all, but he did glow with pleasure. When the three-year-old began to look a little gloomy because he didn’t have any matches yet, the eleven-year-olds started making suggestions about which card he should turn over. They were very kind.

Last, we moved to the handwork center. The five-year-old chose the fairly difficult crossword puzzle. With my telling him every answer and every letter, he painstakingly filled it in completely. As he did so, he told me that he is going to do math — when he turns six. To my surprise, both of the eleven-year-olds chose to color the decorated Bible verse with:

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

They patiently did a beautiful job. One used a beautiful gold marker that he had just received as a gift and then shared it with the other boy. The three-year-old cut the worksheet choices in large pieces and handed them to me one at a time to take home with me.

When it was time to go home, one of the older boys asked me if they should help clean up. He was in town visiting his grandparents. That’s exactly what those grandparents would have done — stayed and cleaned up.

I left class with a light heart. Children are such a blessing — those who love to color, those who work hard to write letters they are still learning, those who are happily cutting paper and then giving it away, those who quietly enjoy their triumphs, and those who help others succeed.

You are so blessed to get to spend your days with children God gave you to call your very own. I’m guessing they are all quite different. That is exactly how God likes children evidently because that is certainly how He made them.

Thank you for bringing your children to Jesus “so that He might touch them.”

And they were bringing children to Him
so that He might touch them;
but the disciples rebuked them.
But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them,
“Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them;
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive
the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”
And He took them in His arms and began blessing them,
laying His hands on them.
Mark 10:13-16



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