Forbid them not to come unto me

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Matt:19:13-14  Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should put His hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. Mark 10:13-14 and Luke 18:15-17 …Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein.

Forvid them not“Mickey, let’s go for a ride on my bike.  I’ll take you to my church.  You bring 2 cents, I’ll bring 3 cents and we’ll share a Popsicle.”  It was a hot summer day and we had finished on the playground.  We wanted something else to do.  Mickey’s family didn’t attend church. She also had no bike. I liked doing new things.  This bike ride would be a challenge.  I was 11 and she was 9 years old.  I figured since she never had been to church, maybe this would interest her.  Off we went.

Western Pennsylvania has lots of small ethnic towns, where all the Italians attend one church, all the Germans attended another church, etc. We were on our way to the mainly German attended church.  After an hour of rugged riding we arrived. We put the bike in some bushes.  The steps were steep and the door heavy. We quietly entered the ornate, cool, semi-dark church (churches were always opened in the old days — the 50s and 60s).  I led Mickey down to the middle of the church and entered a long pew.  The quiet was deafening!  We began to whisper about the things around us, even though no one was there.

A door opened somewhere and in walks a man in black.  I recognized him as one of the priests I’ve seen on Sunday.  He sees us and starts walking quickly in our direction. Oh my Lord, we don’t have hats on.  I dig into my pocket and come out with an old tissue and slap it on Mickey’s head.  But, I’m in trouble, I can tell.  As he approaches us his head is wagging back and forth. “What are you doing here?” he asks.  “I’m showing my friend my church,” I replied.  “Well it’s time to leave, you are not properly dressed,” he says looking at Mickey’s tissue, and my naked head. He waits to usher us out of the cool tomb.

Oh well, I’ve often wondered what Mickey’s heart-felt impression was of her first visit to a church.  Some things were good about the old days, i.e. church doors didn’t have to be locked, and some things were not so good.

Matt.11:25-30 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and has revealed them unto babes.  Even so Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.  All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal Him.  COME UNTO ME, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and  lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Who can turn down such a wonderful invitation from Almighty God?  And bring a friend too!

About this Guest Author:

Patty Shively is a lovely Christian lady and she never hides that fact. When you talk with Patty it is easy to see her love for the Lord and His word. Her every day conversation reminds us all of how important it is to hide God’s word in our heart so that when we need it we can recall it for the situation at hand. Patty is married to a fine Christian man and they have one daughter and several grand children. Patty is active in the ministries at her local church and often invites others to “come to church”. Patty’s gifts of evangelism, teaching and hospitality are evident in how she spends her time “loving on” just about every one she meets. Christianity Every Day is happy to have Patty as a guest contributor.

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