The people came from everywhere
to hear the Teacher's news.
The blind, the lame, the poor were there,
encouraged by his views.
But those who brought the children near
were quickly sent away:
â€œThe Teacher's far too busy now.
Don't bother him today."
When Jesus saw the children turn,
their faces long and glum,
he told his friends, "When will you learn
that little ones must come?"
He chided them indignantly,
"God's love can't be denied!
Let all the children come to me
and sit here at my side."
"The holy realm of God belongs
to children such as these,
who trust that God will right all wrongs,
forgive, and bring us peace.
If you would also now receive
the love that never ends,
come as a trusting child, believe
in all that God intends."
As once you took your hands and blessed
the children on their way,
now bless us, Jesus, in our quest
to find your love, we pray.
We long to feel your warm embrace,
and hear your kindly word,
that in the presence of your grace
our faith might be assured.
Mary Nelson Keithahn, a retired United Church of Christ ordained pastor and church educator, has been a curriculum writer-editor, journalist, and lyricist for musical dramas and anthems. She still works out of her home in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a free-lance writer. In 2016 she published Elfie: Adventures on the Midwest Frontier, a chapter book for children, and Embracing the Light: Reflectioins on God’s Holy Word, a collection of meditations for individual or small group use. Augsburg Fortress also published Sing the Stories of God’s NEW People, the third in a trilogy of Bible story-based collections of songs for young children, written with her longtime colleague, John D. Horman. The two have written over a hundred hymns togethe… Go to person page >
Display Title: The People Came from EverywhereFirst Line: The people came from everywhereTune Title: CHILD'S PLAYAuthor: Mary Nelson KeithahnMeter: 86.86 D extendedDate: 1998Subject: Jesus | and Children; Children | Faith model for adultsSource: "The People Came from Everywhere" (anthem)