Lead the Children!

Sunday, after church we took the seven children in our Confirmation of Faith Class to visit Denise’s courtroom. Anytime you enter the Federal Court House it is a heady experience. I wanted the youth to tour her court because for the past eight Sundays, they have gotten to know Denise as the person with an apron who prepares the meals. They know she is a judge, but I am not sure they realize the gravity of her role and position as the chief judge of her district.

As The children and their parents walked through her courtroom that hosts over 30 different strains of marble, they were spellbound and hushed. Denise explained how the court functions and the various roles of the law clerks, judicial assistant, case manager and court reporter. It was amazing to witness the subdued aura among the children.

After the brief tour of the court, we walked across the street and down a half-block to the Lafayette Coney Island for hot-dogs and fries. It was all over in a heartbeat. I went to bed Sunday night feeling like I had done something worthwhile. I thought of Jesus words about leading children astray and how harsh he was towards anyone who would hurt a child. For the past eight weeks I have been teaching the children about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, prayer, the mission and organization of the church, the history of the church and much more, but years from now, I think one of the things they will remember most about suffering ten weeks with the pastor, they will remember walking though the Federal Court House and eating a hot dog with the pastor’s wife, who not only cooked almost every week, but is also the chief judge of eastern district of Michigan.

Matthew 18: “If any of you put a stumbling block before one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for you if a great millstone were fastened around your neck and you were drowned in the depth of the sea[1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Why do you think Jesus focused on children?
  2. What are your thoughts about the harsh comments Jesus made regarding putting stumbling blocks in front of children?


Prayer: Lord, bless the children. Help me to be a blessing and not a hindrance to children. Lord, help me to lead my life in such a way that I might be a positive influence on those who are young. Lord, help me to lead the children to a clear and fresh understanding of your saving grace, unlimited power and everlasting love. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.


Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Mt 18:6). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.