Thursday, November 12, 2009

Let the Children Come

One of my favorite religious depictions is of Jesus with the little children.  In Matthew 19:13-15, it says: “Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray.  The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, ‘Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’  And he laid his hands on them and went away.” (Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition)

I have a holy card with this scene on the front and a prayer for unborn babies on the back.  Last night during my personal devotions, I found myself gazing and reflecting on this picture.  There Jesus sits, with one child on his lap, accepting a bouquet of wildflowers from another, and drawing yet another child to Himself with His right arm.  A fourth child hangs back shyly in the background.

I always think of the pro-life movement when I read or hear these verses quoted.  Jesus absolutely loves children!  He wants them the to have life, to know, love, and serve Him in this world and to be in Heaven with Him someday.  The apostles, on the other hand, saw the children as being in the way; they didn’t think that Jesus wanted to be bothered with them.  But Our Lord decided to welcome the lowly and the most vulnerable among us.  I can just envision Him saying “let the child come to me” to a scared, pregnant mother who wants to have an abortion.  I can see Jesus encouraging the mother to trust Him with the baby’s life, to present the baby to Him, because He will take care of that little soul.

We do not have the right hinder unborn babies from life.  We do not have the right to take away their chance to know Jesus.  We need to present them to God so He can bless them and lead them in all the amazing plans He has for them.  We also need to remember that if we are to inherit God’s kingdom, if we are to succeed at winning the fight against this evil called abortion, that we need to trust our Father as children trust Him.  Children are completely dependent on their parents, and it’s not even something they think about.  They simply trust; they naturally have that confidence.  We need to have that child-like trust with all we do, and especially within the pro-life movement.  Our actions alone will have no effect.  We need to offer ourselves up as God’s instruments so He can use us in the best way possible.  If we have this child-like trust, we can be sure that God will do wondrous things through us.
~Malori Fuchs~

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