Bringing Little Children to Jesus

Bringing Little Children to Jesus

And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.  Mark 10:13-16

Lutheran early childhood centers, day care centers, and even home-provided childcare operators assist parents in their God-given responsibility of caring for children in a Christ-centered environment.  For some parents, pre-school and childcare may be the first exposure they have ever had to the Christian faith.

There are currently 46 Lutheran early childhood centers in Missouri District where nearly 2,500 children are served with God’s love and care.  From small centers with but a few children to very large centers with more than a hundred children, the focus remains the same.  These centers assist parents in providing for the physical and educational needs of these young children, while also teaching them the Christian faith.

Teaching young children is literally messy stuff.  But in the midst of the spills and accidents, there are lessons about grace and forgiveness.  Prayers frame the day.  Children learn that Jesus loves them.  They learn to treasure His Word, His name and His presence with them.

In a culture where pronouns and bathrooms have become a source of confusion and debate, Lutheran schools teach boys and girls that they are fearfully and wonderfully made.  They learn to love and respect who God made them to be, but also to love their neighbors as also unique children of God.  Our communities and world need more Lutheran schools that young children, not less.  Public school systems, even at the level of early childhood, can no longer be assumed to be neutral in the content of their teaching.  We need and are thankful for Lutheran schools that teach children the wonders of God creation right down to each and every child.

Prayer – Almighty God, heavenly Father, You have blessed early childhood centers with the joy and care of children.  Give the teachers and staff calm strength and patient wisdom, that they may teach them to love whatever is just and true and good, following the example of our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Lord.  Amen. 

Fraternally in Christ,

President Lee Hagan


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