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Lord Jesus, I Want To See...: Family/ Children Edition

Lord Jesus, I Want To See...: Family/ Children Edition

by Reverend Peter G. Vu

ISBN: 9781457554339

Publisher Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Published in Children's Books/Religions

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CHAPTER 1

JANUARY

Lord Jesus, I Want to See ...

JANUARY

First Sunday

Topic of the Week: Children

"And people were bringing children to Him [Jesus] that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, He became indignant and said to them, 'Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.' Then, He embraced them, blessed them, and placed His hands on them." (Mark 4:35-41)


My Talk with Jesus

Today's Bible passage is one of the favorite passages that people often use on the occasion of a child's Baptism. Without a doubt, Jesus loved children and had a special bond with them. They definitely have His ears and His heart. We wonder why children do not use that privilege and come to Jesus often to ask Him to help them and others as well. In fact, Jesus came to the rescue of some children during His years of ministry and healed them from sickness, even death. He showed them not only the love of God but also the miracles of Heaven.

What is it about children that bring out of the Lord Jesus His tender care and special attention for them? First, children have a simple faith. They do not place conditions on or bargain with Jesus for their belief in God. They do not write a big book to explain their faith or create complicated rituals to show their love for God. They simply trust in God. Second, they always have an upbeat attitude and hopeful spirit. For they believe that God will take care of them. Third, they do not hold grudges and can forgive easily. They might get mad at someone about something, but quickly forget about it. Fourth, they always have an open mind and are willing to try something new. They are open to the Holy Spirit to guide and show them different ways of thinking or feeling about something. Finally, they are usually honest in their thoughts and pure in their hearts. They always say what they think and tell how they feel. They do not hide their thoughts or feelings. Perhaps these are some of the reasons that make Jesus love children.


Lord Jesus, I want to see

Jesus, the Best Friend and Defender of Children, You call on everyone to become like children if they want to enter the Kingdom of God. Sometimes, I might ignore the great qualities above and let the world lure me into taking up some bad habits of an adult like swearing, smoking, or drinking. But, all those adult things will get me into a lot of trouble and harm my relationship with you and my family. I certainly do not want to do that. All the fun in the world will come to an end at some point. However, my family and you will always be there for me through all the good and bad times of my life until the end of my life. The best way for me to stay close to you and keep these relationships strong is to work on the fine qualities of a child every day. Most important, I must make good use of your love for children. I must come to you often in prayer to share my needs and the requests of others like my family and unfortunate people around me. That is an honor I should be proud of and use more regularly so that many people can meet you and find you in their lives.


My Promise

This week, I will come to you, Lord, in prayer and ask for the needs of my family, friends, cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or some unfortunate people that I have learned about on the news. As a child, I know I have your ears and heart to hear my prayers. Thank you, Jesus, the Best Friend and Defender of Children. I love you!


JANUARY

Second Sunday

Topic of the Week: Healing

"They came to Jericho. And as He [Jesus] was leaving Jericho with His disciples and a sizeable crowd; Bartimaeus, a blind man, son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. Upon hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, 'Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.' Jesus stopped and said, 'Call him.' So, they called the blind man, saying to him, 'Take courage; get up, He [Jesus] is calling you.' He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, 'What do you do want me to do for you?' The blind man replied to Him, 'Master, I want to see.' Jesus told him, 'Go your way; your faith has saved you.' Immediately, he received his sight and followed Jesus on the way." (Mark 10:46-52)


My Talk with Jesus

It is amazing how Jesus healed the blind man! I have asked many children about what illness would be the worst for someone to endure. Keep in mind that Jesus healed the blind, the deaf, the mute, the leper, the possessed, the paralytic, the sick, and many others. Most children have said that the worst suffering anyone might ever have to endure is blindness, because the person would not be able to see anything. For them, there is nothing worse in this life than not being able to see. They believe everyone should be able to endure and survive other physical and mental problems except losing one's vision. If we can see, we are able to do anything. Hence, Bartimaeus' request to Jesus: "Master, I want to see" is what this prayer book is all about. It means we all need to have a good spiritual vision to make it through this life.

Most of us can only imagine the suffering that someone must endure from the loss of vision or any kind of sickness. It is not fun to be in pain or suffer any form of illness and disease. Jesus certainly feels badly for anyone who is sick or suffering. During His ministry, He did not hesitate to reach out and try to heal them. Often, He would work on suffering patients even on the Sabbath Day, which is the day of rest according to Jewish tradition. Jesus certainly did not want them to suffer one moment longer. Hopefully, like Jesus, we have some compassion and care for suffering people around us, especially disabled folks. They might look, walk, or talk differently than we do. But, that does not mean we should laugh at them or make fun of them. Rather, we should reach out like Jesus did, befriend them, and help them feel loved and included.


Lord Jesus, I want to see

Jesus, Healer of Body, Mind, and Spirit; emotional pain is what many kids must deal with these days. This pain often arises from feeling rejected or being made fun of by their peers. Today, with the tool of social media, this form of suffering can increase a thousand times as people try to say the meanest or nastiest things about others behind the veil of the Internet. If I am a disciple of Jesus, I should not do that. I should find only the kindest or the nicest things to say to people around me. When I see some kid who feels alone or looks sad, I should walk up to him/her and try to comfort him/her somehow. Give me your compassionate heart and caring spirit so that I may always desire to bring healing and comfort to everyone around me.


My Promise

This week, I will reach out to a disabled person and help him/her, bring comfort to someone who might feel sad about something or try to include someone who might feel left out. Thank you, Jesus, Healer of Body, Mind, and Spirit. I love you!


JANUARY

Third Sunday

Topic of the Week: Prayer

"He [Jesus] was praying in a certain place, and when He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, 'Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.' He said to them, 'When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your Kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.' And He said to them, 'Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' and he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.' I tell you, if he does not get up to give the loaves because of friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.' And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open to you ..." (Luke 11:1-13)


My Talk with Jesus

We pray The Lord's Prayer or The Our Father often, but most of us do not know how that prayer came about. The Scripture passage above helps us see how Jesus created it and taught His disciples that short and sweet prayer. Surely, prayer is important in the life of a Christian. Otherwise, the disciple would not have asked Jesus to teach him and others how to pray. Jesus knew the value of prayer and prayed often Himself as the Gospels tell us.

People usually came to Jesus back then to ask Him for something for themselves or someone else. Prayer has been used over the years to ask God for help. People often pray for their own needs, but they sometimes ask for God's help for somebody else. Have you ever come to Jesus to ask for something before? Many people find it difficult to keep praying when their prayers do not get answered the way they want. They might get mad at God for not granting them their prayer requests. On another occasion during His ministry, Jesus talked about prayer requests and reassured us that He will not give us a snake when we ask for a fish or a scorpion when we ask for an egg. God is not that mean or cruel to give us bad or evil things in answer to our prayer requests. Therefore, we should not blame God for the way our prayers are answered. God has a plan for everything; sometimes that plan might not make any sense to us. Only with time will we gradually understand and appreciate it much better. Yet, it is in our best interest to keep on praying and asking God for help.


Lord Jesus, I want to see

Jesus, the Hope and Answer of all Prayers, you called on your disciples to be persistent and not give up on praying, even when things got tough in their lives. You ask us to call out louder and knock on the door of God's house relentlessly if our prayer requests do not seem to be heard. You want us to have a close relationship with you through prayers. Like two best friends who never get sick of spending an awfully long time with each other on the phone, I should not get tired of spending a long time in prayer with you as your best friend forever (BFF). One of the best forms of prayer is thanksgiving and giving praise to God. I should give thanks daily for my health, family, friends, food, clothes, home, peaceful nation, freedom to practice my faith, a decent school to study and play sports, and all my other blessings.


My Promise

This week, I will give thanks to you, Lord, for being my BFF and for all good things in my life that you have given me. Thank you, Jesus, the Hope and Answer of all Prayers. I love you!


JANUARY

Fourth Sunday

Topic of the Week: Sharing

"... A large crowd followed Him [Jesus], because they saw the signs He was performing on the sick. Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat down with His disciples ... When Jesus raised His eyes and saw that a large crowd was coming to Him, He said to Philip, 'Where can we buy enough food for them to eat?' He said this to test him, because He Himself knew what He was going to do. Philip answered Him, 'Two hundred days' wages worth of food would not be enough for each of them to have a little bit.' One of His disciples, Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter, said to Him, 'There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish; but what good are these for so many?' Jesus said, 'Have the people recline.' ... The men reclined, about five thousand in number. Then, Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had their fill, He said to His disciples, 'Gather the fragments leftover, so that nothing will be wasted.' So, they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat ..." (John 6:1-15)


My Talk with Jesus

If we have ever thrown a party for thousands of people, we can appreciate what Jesus and His disciples had to do to take care of a big, hungry crowd. It is amazing how they fed the thousands without the crowd becoming angry or trampling on each other due to hunger. Rather, in the end, the disciples collected lots of leftovers after the crowd had their fill.

But, what fascinates us the most about this miracle, besides everything we just heard above, is the fact that Jesus did it using five barley loaves and two fish, which were given by a little boy. If that boy did not share these foods with the crowd, the miracle never would have happened. Jesus needed that boy and his generosity and kindness to make the miracle happen. Similarly, Jesus needs generous and kind folks in our time so He can make this miracle happen in our world daily and take care of the hungry and the poor. Perhaps we could imitate that boy and learn to share God's blessings for us with others if we want miracles like this to keep happening around us. Unfortunately, sharing does not come naturally for any of us. We might recall from growing up with our siblings about how we fight over everything, especially sharing things with others.


Lord Jesus, I want to see

Jesus, Generous Giver of all Gifts, imagine if the boy in the Bible story above did not want to share his loaves and fish with that hungry crowd? That would mean many people would go hungry and some might pass out along the way. Or, what would happen if Jesus did not want to share His life and gifts/talents with others? We would never have His amazing miracles and many lives being saved as we hear about in the Gospels. Unfortunately, many rich and famous folks in our world these days do not want to share God's abundant blessings generously with the misfortunate and the poor around them. This is why we have seen the number of homeless and poor continue to increase in our society. If many young people and I would learn to share God's blessings for us generously, our world would be changed for the better, and everyone would be able to experience the life of Heaven right here in this life.


My Promise

This week, I will try to share God's blessings for me with my family and the people around me gladly, without expecting anything in return. Thank you, Jesus, Generous Giver of all Gifts. I love you!

CHAPTER 2

FEBRUARY


Lord Jesus, I Want to See ...

FEBRUARY

First Sunday


Topic of the Week: Evil

"They brought Him [Jesus] a demoniac who was blind and mute. He cured the mute person so that He could speak and see. The crowd was astounded ... When the Pharisees saw this, they said, 'This man drives out demons only by the power of Beelzebul, the Prince of demons.' But, He knew what they were thinking and said to them, 'Every Kingdom divided against itself will be laid waste, and no town or house divided against itself will stand. And if Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then will his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebul, by whom do your people drive them out? ... But, if it is by the Spirit of God that I drive out demons, then the Kingdom of God has come upon you ...'" (Matthew 12:22-32)


My Talk with Jesus

Many people do not know where evil came from. The truth is that all evil begins in the Prince of Darkness, Devil, Satan, or Beelzebul. The main goal of that Prince is to create as much evil in the world as possible and try to drive us away from our loving Creator. Jesus confirms this for us in the Scripture passage and lets us know that this evil leader does not want any kind of division in his kingdom that might make it to fall apart. It is sad for us to see that the power of darkness and evil acts continue to increase in our country and around the world. People let anger and certain beliefs drive them to hurt innocent people without regret. Many even encourage and promote others to do harm to their neighbors, as if it is their important religious duty. Worst yet, some even want to worship the Devil and pledge their allegiance to the Power of Darkness. How can anyone be that blind and let wicked people or certain feelings drive them to do evil and hurtful things to their neighbors? Or, how can someone desire and embrace death and destruction over life and growth?

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