"But Jesus said, 'Let the children come to me. Don't stop them. For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children'" (Matthew 19:14, New Living Translation).

Now teaching Little Critters (5- and 6-year-olds) during children's church on Sunday mornings, I feel I am learning more than they are.

Their prayers are so simple.

Prayers like: heal my puppy, bring my mother to church (his grandmother and father bring him), help my dad (who's dealing with drug addiction - I don't know if the child knows that).

Some of these kids are really dealing with home situations.

Some are not. Recently, one little one just sat quietly during the class. Normally active, she didn't want to participate.

I left her alone, knowing that was the best option, and prayed silently for her. Later in the day, she had perked up.

If I can't do anything else for these little ones, I can pray for them.

God hears all prayers and does what he can.

I say it that way because God is tied to his Word, and he does not cross our will.

I pray their prayers are answered. I especially pray they are protected from harm.

The kids can't always answer the specific discussion questions (you do wonder what they are getting out of a lesson), but they often mention Jesus in their answers. They know about Jesus. That's a good, solid foundation.

The crafts are fun. The pictures they draw are very interesting and creative.

And they love the play time at the end of the lesson.

Thank you for sharing this journey with me.

Gene Ruth Brumback is an ordained minister.