After I found my way to church, a man called Mr. Evans appointed himself my godfather and watched over me for the next ten years, until I left for college. He taught me to read the Bible from the lectern, in the midst of the congregation. He encouraged me to become an acolyte, kneeling next to the boys. He said the grace over the meal at my wedding. He made sure there was a home for me in the household of God.
—Rosalind C. Hughes, A Family Like Mine: Biblical Stories of Love, Loss, and Longing (Upper Room Books, 2020)
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Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.”
—Matthew 19:14 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
God, who is both Father and Mother, I give thanks for your unconditional love, protection, and guidance.
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