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I’ve decided to add something new to my home page. I usually place a devotional on Facebook every morning, and thought it might be good to share those daily messages with my friends that visit my website. At some point in the future, I will adding the link to Facebook and Twitter, but this is a work in progress. I hope this message touches your heart. Feel free to share it with those you know who might also benefit:

July 30, 2014

JESUS LOVES THE LITTLE CHILDREN OF THE WORLD

When do children learn the difference between skin colors? When does it become a point of discussion or a way for them to choose friends? If we watch infants and toddlers playing together, they make no distinctions based on appearances. But at some point they become cognizant of the difference between white skin, black skin, brown or yellow-toned skin, facial features like almond shaped eyes or full lips, or even hair color, texture, and styles. Unfortunately, the awareness of these things is initiated by a thoughtless comment made by some adult within their hearing!

I remember when my 3-year-old son came home from pre-school all excited to tell me that I “was white, daddy was black, and [he] was brown”! When I asked him where he heard this, he said his teacher told him. Now, I don’t know what lesson the teacher was trying to teach and why skin-tones were important enough to discuss with 2-3 year olds, but I knew that this was a subject I would have preferred to broach with my child on my own terms, rather than have a teacher force it to the forefront in our lives!

I also remember an incongruous message in the church in which I was raised. We were taught the song chosen for today’s devotional, yet a frequent mantra (often said in jest) was, “If you ain’t Dutch, yer nothing much”. My aunt had a magnet on her refrigerator with this saying on it. I witnessed brown-skinned Dutch Indonesian visitors treated differently from those recent Dutch immigrants from the Netherlands! As a child, this confused me, and probably went a long way towards forming my current world view!

The Bible tells us what a blessing children are, and it doesn’t make a distinction between color, national origin or ethnicity… “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed…” (Psalm 127:3-5a KJV). If I had had the resources when I was younger, I would have adopted so many children, family groups and singles, just to give them the love that the Lord says they deserve.

When the disciples tried to send the children away, afraid they would bother the Master, Jesus responded firmly… “But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.” (Luke 18:16 KJV). And then He used children as an object lesson of faith: “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.” (Mark 10:15-16 KJV).

My <3 song today is a favorite from early childhood; it was one of the first Sunday School songs we learned to sing in programs for our parents and the congregation:

“Jesus loves the little children,
All the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus loves the little children of the world.

Jesus died for all the children,
All the children of the world.
Red, brown, yellow, black and white,
All are precious in His sight,
Jesus died for all the children of the world.”

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” (Galatians 3:26 KJV). Have a blessed day!

ABOUT MY WRITING:

My first two books are available on amazon.com in either paperback, hardback, or ebook formats. they are the first two books in my group called “Journeys of Faith”. Take a look on my books page for “Through the Waters” and “Across the Wilderness”. “Out of the Valley” is coming along nicely. I am hoping to get it to the publisher within the next month or 6 weeks.

Meanwhile, look for several ebooks,not part of the “Journeys of Faith”. One is a compilation of my daughter’s poems, two are related to the grieving process: 1) a personal tribute to my daughter called, “Only in My Dreams”, and 2) an overview of the various ways we grieve other losses in our lives, named “White Crosses Line the Highways of Our Lives”. As they are released through Kindle Direct Publishing, links will be placed on this website.

With the holiday season approaching us, don’t let’s forget the less fortunate among us. Take time to search for somebody in need. Donate time feeding the homeless. Find new, innovative ways to reach out in your community. Most of all, don’t forget the commission in James 1:27 “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”

Feel free to use the emails on this website to contact
me regarding scheduling a book-signing and/or talk to a reading
group, church group or just a gathering of friends. I am
always open to new experiences and meeting new people.

<>< Jeanne F. Brooks ><>

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