I remember when my children were small, going to Church was difficult. I do not think we ever made it on time. I would try, even getting up earlier, but we would still arrive late.
Then, I had a tote full of activities to try to keep them busy during the message – coloring pages, toys, and games. We would spread out in the pew but keeping children quiet and still is impossible.
I heard the comments. I saw the looks. I was scolded more than once.
As a young mother, I was deflated and frustrated. But I never gave up. I kept going even though we were late. I kept bringing my tote even though it did not keep them fully occupied.
My children are adults now, and I give God all the glory for the wonderful human beings they are today. They have a firm foundation. A foundation rooted in the Lord.
I love to see parents bring their little ones to Church. I love to hear the noise and see them exploring. Children are the future of the Church. Churches need children.
Bring your little ones to Church. Even when they are not quiet and still. Even when you see the stares or hear the comments. Even when you are running late. Go to Church. Take your children. Give them a firm foundation in the Lord.
We see you. We know what you are going through. We are cheering you on. We are praying for you.