With the first month of 2019 in the books we begin February looking at relationships. As adults we are busy, and we are pulled in many different directions. Sometimes we just need to slow down, and take a moment to work on our relationship with others. One relationship that sometimes gets ignored is the relationship between a parent and a child. Our children need to be higher on our priority list. Unfortunately, we sometimes let them fall down the list and allow work and other activities to take a higher priority in our lives. As parents we have an obligation to care for and love our children and to spend time with them. Parents in Jesus day understood the importance of bringing their children to Him.
"Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." And He took them up in His arms, laid Hishands on them, and blessed them." Mark 10:13-16

Whether it is with Jesus feeding the five thousand through the help of a young boy, or Jesus as we see in this passage encouraging the children to come to him, it is evident that Jesus loved children. It is important that we bring our children to Christ today maybe more so than any other time in history. As a parent our relationship with our children is greatly improved when Christ is in the center of that relationship. Show your love for your children this week by taking them to church and introducing them to Jesus.
Pastor Paul Cook