What D.L. Moody realized at the end of his life

D.L. Moody was a shoe salesman turned preacher, evangelist, and publisher who often spoke to crowds from 10,000 to 20,000 people. It is said that in his lifetime, he presented the gospel, by voice or literature, to at least 100 million people.
This great evangelist spoke mainly to adults around the world, but neat the end of his life, D.L. Moody said:
“If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry
to reaching children for God!”
Wow. He understood what we should all understand.
If we reach children for Christ, they can live their entire lives knowing Jesus.
If we disciple children, we can impact an entire generation for Jesus.
If we help children grow closer to the Lord, they will seek after Him for a lifetime.
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.” Then, Jesus “placed His hands on their heads and blessed them…”
It’s time we all remember how important it is that all children, red, yellow, black, brown, and white, are precious in the sight of the Lord. Jesus loves them. He knows what they need. He wants to bless them. He wants to know each of them in a personal way.
*photo courtesy of Joshua Coleman of Unsplash

The interesting origin of the tune for “Jesus Loves the Little Children”

Jesus loves the little children

While watching the old classic movie The Old Maid this evening, I heard a brass band playing the tune to the song I’ve always known as Jesus Loves The Little Children.  You may remember the song from your childhood.

Jesus loves the little children,

All the children of the world,

Red and yellow, black and white,

They are precious in His sight,

Jesus loves the little children of the world.

It’s a song that teaches the great truth that Jesus does indeed love everyone in the world, especially the children.  What’s interesting is that the tune was originally written by George F. Root for one of the most popular songs of the American Civil War.  The name of the song was Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!  Root wrote the song from a prisoner’s point of view, hoping to give hope to the Union prisoners of war.  The words were as follows:

Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys are marching,

Cheer up comrades they will come,

And beneath the starry flag

We shall breathe the air again,

Of the freeland in our own beloved home.