Matthew 18:10

Playing in mud and streams is the best thing. This is three of my nephews / nieces and one of my kids after some muddy fun at Mottisfont house in Hampshire. Mottisfont is well worth a visit, a fantastic old house set in beautiful gardens along the river Test.

Photo by Ben Wicks / Unsplash

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 18:10, ESV

An old saying that still is heard is, “Children are meant to be seen but not heard.” Children are loud. This reality was true at the time of Jesus and continues today. As children feel safe, they will be louder and do things at inopportune moments, like they want a hug in the middle of a worship service. This can be annoying to those who no longer have children around them. As a father of six, there are times that it would be nice for quiet at home. There is always a buzz with children, but that buzz is a buzz of promise and hope for the future. We shouldn’t despise a child’s excitement for the world but celebrate it and show them Christ.

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.



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