Every Sunday morning with our 2-year-olds, we cover the Scripture in our Bible Time and show them pictures. But to be honest, I often wonder what long-term impact that has on these little ones. Other than letting them know that the Bible is God’s special book and we love to learn from God, I don’t know if they’ll remember that this Sunday we talked about Abram and Lot’s disagreement over the land and livestock.
There are other lessons we try to teach them. As they color their page or eat their snack or go out to the playground, we talk about how much we love them and that we’re glad they’ve come to church. We repeat that we love coming to church and church is a good place. Important lessons.
No matter what we do, though, we always sing “Jesus Loves Me.” Some of them know it (okay, maybe one) and very few follow along with the motions until we get to “he is strong” (big muscles!). But I don’t care. It’s not about how many are involved in that moment. To me, it’s about getting the most profound theological truths into my 2-year- olds’ hearts and minds.
The faith foundation I want our little ones to have fits neatly into that one wonderful and simple song–“Jesus Loves Me.”
“Jesus loves me this I know” If these children were to go through life feeling unloved and rejected, they’d face a lifetime of hurt. Instead, they’ll know that Jesus loves them unconditionally and forever–no matter what they’ll face!
“For the Bible tells me so” Soon these little ones will encounter a culture that’s full of relativism and political correctness that can confuse their faith. This little song gives them the foundation that the Bible–the Word of God–is the authoritative truth for their lives.
“Little ones to him belong” Experts say that belonging comes before believing. I want these children to know that they belong to the One who loves them and died for them.
“They are weak but he is strong” I love that this song captures that God is both good and strong–a very important truth for little ones to know.
Jesus loves the little children! He loves Carson and Casey and Lydia and Brady and Naomi and Zyan and Parker…and so many more.