Does my heart break for the children and parents who walk through our doors with "unseen" spiritual diseases or injuries that cause deep pain?
By Kris Smoll
Today I toured a beautiful hospital in Connecticut. The decor and friendly staff were amazing. It was clear they truly cared for their patients, who they treated like guests in their home. I felt compelled to pray for those who were being wheeled from location to location and for those who were dropped off at the front door and escorted in with great care.
My thoughts turned to our children’s ministry; does my heart break for the children and parents who walk through our doors with “unseen” spiritual diseases or injuries that cause deep pain? Do I go to the front doors with a caring heart and greet each person as a guest rather than another kid who needs a chair in our rooms? I wonder if our children’s and parents’ spiritual wounds were “seen” how our ministry would change. Would we be more caring? Would we prepare and pray differently?
For the past couple of weeks in Discovery Land, we have taught the kids about the fall of man, and the disease — sin — that we are all afflicted with. We live in a broken world; it is a high calling and privilege to point children to the Great Physician.
Mark 2:17 NLT
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor–sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Let’s walk into ministry this weekend ready prepared and ready to care for those unseen wounds.