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OUR CHILDREN ARE STARVING

ďAnd they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them.Ē

Mark 10: 13 - 16 King James Version

I read an article in a magazine last night about children in a foreign country who donít have enough food to eat and are starving. My heart went out to them but as I thought and prayed about it the thought came to me that not only are they starving for food to eat, they are starving for affection and attention. They desperately need someone to hug them and tell them that Jesus loves them and care about them.

Then my thoughts turned to the children in America. I have heard many people say ďI am proud to be an AmericanĒ. I used to agree with them but as I read about the children in foreign countries who are starving, I realized that our children here in America are also starving for affection and attention and many children in America also go to bed hungry. No, Iím not proud to be an American when it comes to the way that our children are being treated.

There are children right here in the trailer park where I live who are being neglected not only emotionally and spiritually; they also are being abused physically when it comes to making sure that they have enough food to eat. Many of these children donít have enough food to eat because their parents spend most of their money on alcohol.

Some of these children have come to my trailer and asked me if I had any food for them to eat because they were hungry. All of these dear children begged me not to tell their parents because they were afraid of their parents. They said that if their parents found out that they were asking for something to eat they would be in trouble with their parents and would be yelled at and spanked.

One dear little boy about eight years old told me that when there was food to eat in his home, he couldnít eat it because of hearing his parents yelling at each other. He told me that his parents argue daily and sometimes throw things. There are children all over America who are being abused physically, emotionally, sexually and verbally.

How can we say we possibly say that we are proud to be an American when we see the way these precious children are being abused and neglected? America is supposed to be the land of the free but these dear children that have been entrusted to our care by our Heavenly Father are not free. They are in bondage to fear, neglect, abuse and starvation.

Committees are formed to discuss how best to feed and clothe these children. What a waste of time and what an insult to Jesus! He has already provided a way for us to be able to feed and clothe our children and that is by working. However, a lot of parents donít want to work. We donít need committees; we need action and we need it today, not tomorrow! The Bible makes it very clear how Jesus feels when we neglect and hurt our children and it also makes it very clear how much He loves them and cares about them.

Sometimes I feel guilty when I eat because I know that so many children go to bed hungry. More than that however, my heart breaks when I realize that our children are not only hungry for attention and love; they are starving for them. They canít understand why they donít have enough food to eat and why nobody cares about them. May God forgive us for neglecting our starving children!

It is time for us to open our hearts to these precious children and make certain that they are not neglected and abused any longer. If we know of children who are being abused and neglected and we look the other way, one day we will stand before a Holy God to give an account of our cold hearts and indifference to the agony of these children.

The greatest thing that you can do for your children is to let them see Jesus in your actions and hear Him in your words. You can tell them that Jesus loves them but if you arenít a loving and an encouraging parent to your children, they will not believe you. How can they believe that Jesus loves and cares about them if they feel that you donít love and care about them? Please love your children. You can buy them expensive gifts but if you donít give them love and a lot of your time, all of that is in vain and means nothing.

Thank God that we have a precious loving Saviour who loves our children and will be faithful to protect them from all danger. When our children are away from us, we sometimes are anxious about them and concerned for them. We can rest assured that Jesus knows where they are and can take care of them a lot better than we can. They are His children, He has just given them to us to raise for Him. May God forgive us if we fail to raise them to love Jesus!

Joanne Lowe
July 2, 2007

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