By Jennie Wintermote. Republished with permission from Rejoice! March-May 2018.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them.” Matthew 19:14
When I was four years old, I went to Little Lambs Preschool at the local Mennonite Brethren church. Before our daughter was born, her grandparents gave her tiny booties that looked like little lambs. After she was born, she received a stuffed lamb that plays “Jesus Loves Me.”
The association of lambs with small children certainly isn’t new. Both children and lambs are young, vulnerable, and innocent—their lives fresh and new.
How often do we extend the tenderness of Jesus to the lost lambs in our schools and communities? What do we offer children who are abused, hungry, or unloved?
A friend of mine felt called to be a foster mom. A new college graduate, she bought a house, took the required classes, and began the hard work of embodying the Good Shepherd to children removed from unsafe homes. With every kind word, every snuggle, and every and patient response, she models for the children and their biological families what it means to let the little children come to Jesus and feel the Shepherd’s love.
In the kingdom of heaven, every baby is embraced with love, and every child is safe. Consider today how we might help the “little lambs” in our communities draw near to their great shepherd.