Jesus loves the little children. These words from Colton Burpo’s book Heaven is for Real have been ringing in my head for more than a day.
Many children in the Klamath Basin are born in to circumstances that will impede their success – economic, social and spiritual paucity. Those of us with a belief in Jesus Christ have an obligation to pray for these little ones and remember that we are instructed to come to Him as little children.
Matthew 18:1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 3And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.
6“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 7Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! 8If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. 9And if your eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into the fire of hell.
10“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
I had a meeting yesterday with some local professionals to talk about the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) study, which in a nutshell states that the more negative influences in a child’s life they more highly likely they will suffer from lifelong chronic diseases.
Child abuse is a huge ACE, but an abuse intervention will not guarantee a future healthy outcome. You see, it will take a coordinated effort.
The meeting showed a great concern for local children, but there is currently no capacity in the represented institutions to take immediate action. That wears on me.
However, Jesus loves the little children. God knew each of these little ones as they were being knit together in the womb. So, let’s pray for these children, because He knows the answer and the perfect solution.
Father God, we humbly come to You, holding up Your children. Many of them are in daily contact with influences that are not worthy of their attention or healthy for their progress. You hold them by their right hand, and hold them in Your right hand. Help their brains and bodies to grow strong and healthy; help their minds and souls flourish to the potential you have planned for them. Send Your people of Klamath the Holy Spirit to guide our work in the best interest of Your children. You have a solution that is not apparent to everyone at this point, but we believe you will reveal a plan as we prepare to serve our children. Father, we praise you for this beautiful community, and all of our wonderful blessings. Help us bless Your children. We pray this is Jesus’ Holy name.
This is not a one-time prayer. I will endeavor to keep this on my lips, in my mind and on my heart going forward. Please join me. Where two or more are gathered in His name, He is there also. Isn’t it time we start acting like He is resident in Klamath?