On a trip several years ago, I visited a small Church. When I sat down I realized there were no children. There was no one even young enough to have children. I thought to myself, this Church will be gone in ten years. How sad.
Parents of small children please bring your children to Church. They are our future. If they do not learn God’s word then the Church has no future.
I know it is hard. Getting them up, feed, dressed and out the door is bad enough, but trying to keep them quit during Church is another chore. You feel embarrassed and think to yourself, “There’s no point in coming to Church, I get nothing out of it because I have to constantly care for my child.”
I want you - mothers and/or fathers - to know just how encouraging you are to so many. The elderly woman who often feels alone beams with a smile at the sight of you wrestling with your little one. She’s been there before. She knows how hard it can be, but she smiles because to hear that brings back precious memories. To the elderly man who sees you - a young family - in church every week. Like clockwork, he can depend on the sight of you and your young family. You give him hope that maybe the Church isn’t doomed after all, because there are still young parents who love God enough to wrestle with this routine each week.
Bring your children to church! If we don’t hear crying, the church is dying. As hard as it might be for you as a parent who’s half-asleep, keep on doing what you’re doing. You are an encouragement to us and you are giving your child a chance of eternal life in heaven.