Let the Children Come to Me

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 (NKJV)

I’ve been wrestling with this verse lately. For so long it has been one of my favorite verses, part of my calling to homeschool our children and to teach preschool Sunday school, sharing Jesus with God’s littlest ones.  Yet lately I’ve come to understand it could have other interpretations.

Two days before my granddaughter was rushed to the hospital in an ambulance and diagnosed with cancer, we had an earnest discussion at my Bible study. Our study book shared the testimony of a mom who had lost her three-year-old daughter to a sudden illness.  One of our ladies asked if that little girl was in heaven.  Our leader replied, “Most certainly.”  

Just that morning I had been reading my daily Bible reading which included the verse above from Matthew 19:14.  I had studied the notes in my John MacArthur study Bible and felt God urging me to share them.  MacArthur explained how God’s mercy is graciously extended to the “infants” who are not yet capable of belief.  In His great mercy, He grants them entrance into heaven.  We see this example when King David’s first son with Bathsheba died.  In 2 Samuel 12:23, King David proclaimed:

…I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.  2 Samuel 12:23 (NKJV)

King David knew the hope and promise of seeing his baby again in heaven.  It reminded me of the book called Heaven is for Real, where a little boy was so sick he went to heaven and saw Jesus with many children, including his own sister! I also rejoice in knowing that the babies we lost are waiting for us in heaven, and I shared this joy with the other ladies. 

But then came the news about our granddaughter, so soon after this discussion, and I said, “NO!!!!!!!”  You can not have this little one yet!  Maybe in 80 years, but not now!”  Though I know she could be happy and dancing with Jesus and her younger siblings and aunts, and not have to endure more cancer treatments or the rough teen years or any heartache, I don’t want that for her parents.  I want them to have the joy of raising their daughter and I want to share in that joy.  

And so, as Kennedy continues to endure chemo treatments and pains, I cry out like the father in Heaven is for Real, “No!!! Is this how you treat your prayer warriors?! Please heal her, O God, I pray! (Num. 12:13) Hear my cry, O God, attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I (Psalm 61:1-2). Heal our Kennedy Grace. Amen.”

Today’s TEA CUPP:  Read how Jesus welcomed the children in Matthew 19:13-15.  What are these verses telling you? What young children in your life can you welcome in Jesus’ Name?  

Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Mark 10:14 (NKJV)

And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him. Luke 2:40 (NKJV)

Scripture from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson.

6 thoughts on “Let the Children Come to Me

  1. Tears, prayers and bucket of tears. God knows our tears and prayers. He loves us so much and yet I don’t understand some things. I know He loves us to much that Jesus died that we have eternal life. We have His promises and His love. We will continue to spread the word. Jennie thanks so much for what you have done. It speaks to thousands that have never put their faith in Jesus and needs to know Him. Love you and keep the faith.

  2. I don’t know you, or your children or your grandchildren Yet, I have joined those who pray for your little “Ned” as she battles this wretched disease. I, too, feel the sting in my grandmother’s heart and have been there, praying for my grandchild’s life. So I join you today in prayer and in thanksgiving for her precious life, for her beautiful smile, for her grace. May the Lord hear your plea and all our prayers and answer them according to His perfect plans for her.

  3. I’ve been praying for your sweet Kennedy for a while now. As I read this, my ❤️ Was breaking, so I know I can’t totally feel your pain, but I can only imagine. As I continued to read this, a song came to mind.☺️ Jesus Loves me this I know. ❣️ For the Bible tells me so. Little ones to Him Belong. They are weak but HE IS STRONG☺️ Yes, Jesus loves me, YES, Jesus loves your sweet and adorable Kennedy. All we have to do is claim all those verses and the Lords promises, and take them in each day, by loving and praying for her. Read Psalm 139:16. It’s all about the Lords love for us and His covering. He is always with me and knows my every thought. How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God☺️ How Great is the sum of them. If I should count them, they are more than all the sand. Just know, prayers are going up on Kennedy’s behalf. God has a plan. He gives us one day at a time. So we can’t worry about tomorrow, because we only have today. May His love ❤️ and Joy fill you. He’s adding another part of your testimony❣️ Embrace it.

  4. Thank you, dear Linda, for your encouragement today! I love that Psalm. You are a blessing! God bless you!!!

  5. Thank you, dear Mimi! We are so thankful for your prayers for Kennedy. And thank you for comforting my grandma heart as you were comforted. God bless you!!!!

  6. Thank you, dearest Donna. Your words and prayers mean so much to me. I pray that my ramblings in my sorrow will touch and encourage others who are going through trials someday. Thank you for sharing them. God bless you!!!

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