One of the greatest privileges I have is baptizing babies. I baptize a lot of them.
Yesterday, I baptized a breathtakingly beautiful little girl named Maggie. She wore a long, white baptismal gown. She looked like something you would see in a picture.
Maggie’s family was so large they filled four entire pews. Everyone in the family brought their offerings. I know because I asked them.
Maggie’s baptism went off without a hitch. It was a great experience.
Later in the worship service, as I was preaching the greatest sermon in the history of sermons, Maggie decided to let me know she disagreed with something I had said.
As Maggie’s little cries got louder and louder, her mother did everything she could to keep her quiet.
Then, realizing it was a losing battle, Maggie’s mother stood up to carry Maggie out of the sanctuary so she would no longer be a disturbance.
This got me thinking.
I am convinced God loves to hear babies in the sanctuary. Do they sometimes cry? You bet. That’s part of the job description for being a baby.
Sadly, I know some churches discourage having babies in the sanctuary. That’s not us.
If you are a young parent concerned your baby may be a small disturbance in worship, come anyways. We want you here.
If you are sitting near someone who has a baby making a small disturbance in worship, make sure the parents know what a joy it is to have their baby in worship.
If you are not sitting near someone who has a baby making a small disturbance in worship, pay close attention to my sermon because there will be a pop quiz after church.
One day, the disciples saw little children as a nuisance to Jesus mission and prevented parents from bringing their children to him. When Jesus saw this, scripture says: “Some people brought children to Jesus so that he would place his hands on them and pray. But the disciples scolded them. “Allow the children to come to me,” Jesus said. “Don’t forbid them, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to people like these children.” (Matthew 19:13-14)
Little ones matter to Jesus. And if they matter to him, they matter to us.
Bring your babies to worship.
Prayer: Dear Gracious Heavenly God, please continue to make our church a place filled with the sound of children. Help us be there for the young parents as they teach their children about the joy of knowing Jesus. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Raising children is messy. We have a messy church. God’s good with that.
I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.