November 12, 2020 | by Rev. Dr. Felicisimo Cao,Ellen Dizon,Catherine Morris
We all love the hymn, “Jesus Loves Me,” found in our United Methodist Hymnal, number 191 translated into four (4) languages namely, Cherokee, German, Japanese and Spanish. We are pretty sure there are other language adaptations though they are not included in our United Methodist Hymnal yet.
What is fascinating, inspiring, and empowering about this hymn is its grassroot theology about children. As we affirm our ministry of prioritizing children in our connectional ministries, let us remember that the late world renowned Swiss-German theologian Karl Barth, after giving a lecture at the University of Chicago Divinity School, when asked about which was the greatest theological insights he ever had, he said, “The greatest theological insight that I have ever had is this: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so!” 
We invite you this week to engage in our prayer challenge for all children:
WORD: God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though the waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble with its tumult.
WISDOM: Natural disasters present a significant and growing threat to the well-being of children. Every year, 175 million children globally are expected to be affected by natural disasters, including floods, cyclones, droughts, heatwaves, severe storms, and earthquakes. Children are particularly vulnerable during natural disasters and experience increased problems regarding their physical health, mental health, and learning after exposure.
PRAYER: Pray for . . .