Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 25:34-40
I’ve been thinking how many times I sigh inwardly when I have a nose to wipe at an inconvenient time. Or have to intervene in another squabble. Or comfort a child in the middle of the night when I’d much, much rather be sound asleep.
I can remember today that in serving (appropriately, of course) my children, I am directly serving Christ. In our society, children are indeed among “the least of these.” This is an important thought for me today.