Welcome Babies, Welcome Jesus

Matthew 18:2-5
“He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.’”

Matthew 19:13-14 “Then little children were brought to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for 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.’”

Each November at Skyline we enjoy an assembly where we give thanks to God for the children born throughout the previous year. We encourage the parents to raise up their children in the Lord. As a church we are reminded of the need to help the parents raise their children in a community of faith.

The above words from Matthew remind us that Jesus made time to welcome and bless children. They also remind us that some have an attitude contrary to Jesus when it comes to welcoming and blessing children.

We need to remember the words of Jesus concerning children being a model of humility. And we need to hear Jesus as He teaches that when we welcome a child, we welcome Him.

Through the years on “Baby Day” as we sometimes call it, we have asked the new parents to stand and repeat a Parents’ Pledge. Following that, we have asked the congregation to stand and repeat a Church Pledge to God, the parents, and their new babies.

I am not sure who wrote these pledges or I would be glad to credit them. I do know that somewhere along the line they were passed on to us and we made some revisions. But I do want to share them with you.

The Parents Pledge
We believe God created this
new life in partnership with us.

We believe God has entrusted
the care of our child to us.

We believe being a godly parent
is the highest calling
to which we may aspire.

We believe God is the perfect
parent to His children.

We ask God to help us love, understand,
and train our children.

We ask God to give us calm strength
and patient wisdom.

We pledge to teach and show our children
how to live by faith.

We pledge to teach and show
our children how to follow
our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Church Pledge
We will do everything within our power
to help you protect and nurture your children.

We will uphold them with our love
and help you teach them
the Word of God.

When they fail, we will encourage
them to try again.

When they achieve worthwhile goals,
we will rejoice with you
and join you in praising them.

We will be careful not to bruise
their tender spirits
with harsh words or criticisms.

We will do our best
to let them see Jesus in us,
so help us God.

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