Monday, October 5, 2009

Children's Sabbath Day

Every year the Children's Defense Fund asks religious affiliations to hold a special program to educate their groups on the needs of children in our communities, states and nation, and to celebrate our children. This is the first year that I will be participating in this National Observance and it had reminded me why I wanted to be a Children's Minister in the first place. The children of our world all deserve to live in a world that cares about them and for them. They deserve to have a warm bed, a loving family, food in their bellies, a chance at a successful life, clothes on their backs, and education. No child chooses the circumstances they are born into. The decisions about whether they have food to eat, whether they have a way to go to school, etc, are not made by them. The world's children are everyones responsibility. They say it takes a village to raise a child and I believe that whole heartedly. It is our responsibility to make sure that all children have an equal opportunity to life. It is our responsibility to be the helping hand if no one else is there to offer it. God calls all of us in every faith to love our neighbors, even those smaller than we. God asks us to look out for each other and to take every opportunity that God presents to us to love. I ask that you take this blog post and remember why you are working with children. Take this quick little paragraph and find the fire in your heart for your communities' children. Look for the detours God presents to us to love our neighbors, especially those who cannot help themselves.

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