March 13, 2014 | Faith

IMG_0867.JPGBeing a foster parent changes a lot. It has definitely changed my thinking. For instance…

“Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. But the disciples rebuked those who brought them. Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.’ When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.” Matthew 19:13–15

I wonder what happened to those children whom Jesus touched. I wonder what his touch meant to them and for them. I wonder how their lives or their paths or their circumstances changed as a result of the touch—the physical touch of Jesus. Were these poor and dirty children? Were they orphans? Were they disabled somehow?

When reading these passages before, I have always pictured perfect parents bringing perfect-looking children to Jesus in order to have them “blessed” by him. Now that I’ve spent time with children who come from neglect, abuse, and abandonment, my perspective is a bit different.

In my current thinking, it seems like these were children of unfortunate circumstances. Maybe someone who was caring for “the least of these” had heard of Jesus. Maybe she made a great effort to get the kids cleaned up as much as possible and hurried them to the place where she heard Jesus would be—not an easy task with little ones in tow. Maybe she felt the disappointment when the disciples said no, rebuked them for coming, and began sending them away. BUT JESUS saw what was happening. He had a different perspective. Don’t stop them; let them come. Don’t get in their way; don’t hinder them. He explained to the disciples the extraordinary value of children—so valuable, in fact, that the kingdom of heaven belongs to those who are like these children. Maybe like some very needy children.

“And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.” Mark 10:16

I’m willing to bet they were changed forever by that touch, regardless of the circumstances from which they came.


Tifani Thompson - March 14, 2014 at 01:48 pm

I just smiled and smiled reading what you just shared. You and pastor Andy ALWAYS bring scripture out in the most powerful and touching truthful applicable way! I can’t say that enough! How much more incredible our world would be if we grasped and valued this scripture of what Jesus is truly saying to us. Heaven BELONGS to His precious ‘perfect’, hurting, neglected and hungry children. Loved how you put all of this! So awesome! We only hope to foster also in the next season of our lives. Your life Sandra,,,,is a life to emulate!,,,,and we are so grateful for that! Life only gets better and better! Thanks AGAIN for your awesome sharing of wisdom!

Mark O Wilson - March 15, 2014 at 09:46 am

Wow, that is a powerful thought! Never pictured it that way before. Thanks.

Julie Purcell - March 15, 2014 at 11:56 am

Beautiful. Thank you, Sandra. This touched my heart.

andrew - March 20, 2014 at 01:37 pm

So grateful for your ministry and heart to and for children. This was a timely read and very moving especially right now as my wife is in Ethiopia preparing to travel home with our new little girl. All of these children are precious and have such great value and should be valued by us. Thank you for setting that example and for being faithful to leverage your influence in their direction.
live love.


    Margaret - September 07, 2014 at 09:41 pm

    Hi there,
    May I ask the name of the adoption agency you used? If you prefer to email us it’s Thank you!

Dinah Norvet - May 11, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Thank you for this on this Mother’s Day. I have a heavy heart for a precious child that passed through our family. I get to pray for him everyday. God will take care of him.

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