Jesus-children

by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

I am so tired of these Christians who think they need to save the country for Jesus Christ and then they continue to misrepresent Him.

John 9:2-3

His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?"

"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life."

Years ago, I was advised by another mother of a special needs child to find a verse in the Bible that I could reflect on throughout my daughter's life.  I chose Philippians 1:6, "being confident in this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it into completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

Bob Marshall gave me good cause to recite that to myself today.  He can say what he wants and think what he wants, but I will continue to serve God by raising the "good work" He gave me instead of carrying her as a burden or a punishment.

("Jesus Christ blessing the children" by Antoine Jean Joseph Ansiaux, 1820)

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