The beginning of a new year creates in us a sense of hope for better days. Many people awake to the new year invigorated with energy to try something different. The Apostle Paul encourages the church, “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11 As the new year begins here at Wesley we shift attention from GO to GROW and onto especially children and youth ministries. Each of us should place this high on our priority list.
Let our prayer be that the children and youth grow deeper and wider. Deeper—that the spirit of the child be our spirit, a spirit of wonder and enthusiasm and excitement, a spirit of awe and joy and worship. May the children of Wesley grow deeper in their relationship with Christ and may God realize his perfect will in their hearts. Wider—that the spirit of love and compassion we have be offered to other children in the community. May we reach out to all children and youth of every race and nation and help them meet Jesus. May we be given the words and the heart to love them truly.
So this year Lord, help us to grow deeper and wider in our love for you. Use us to touch children and youth. May the children, not just our own children but all children, see Jesus in us.