And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them. (Mark 10:13-16 ESV)
Hymn ELH 177:1-2 I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb
I am Jesus’ little lamb,
Ever glad at heart I am,
For my Shepherd gently guides me,
Knows my need, and well provides me,
Loves me every day the same,
Even calls me by my name.
Day by day, at home, away,
Jesus is my Staff and Stay.
When I hunger, Jesus feeds me,
Into pleasant pastures leads me;
When I thirst, He bids me go
Where the quiet waters flow.
Jesus, my Savior, remind me each day that You came to save not only me, but all people—including little children. Forgive my sins and help me to live as an example especially to children. Let them see the joy and peace that are mine because of the forgiveness You earned for me. Amen.