Roanoke Church of Christ



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.

Their eyes dark and wide, faces as beautiful as any angel’s could be. Innocence flows from them as they hold onto the hands of someone they trust. Why are they here, instead of playing in a yard or street? They climb the “berm”, some with only one shoe. Looking into their eyes is to see nothing but their empty innocence. They are simply there because they have been brought.
Where are they? They climb the “berm” to reach the boarder of Jordan. Their own country has become a death trap, where parents and children mean nothing unless they convert to a radical view of Islam. So they leave everything behind and seek sanctuary in another country.
The faces of the children rarely reflect the gravity of their situation. They are, after all, just children. Children, who as long as they can feel that familiar hand in theirs, and hear the voices of those who love them, move forward to wherever they are taken.
The horror of what they have seen lies buried deep within their soulful eyes. There are few, if any smiles, and no childish laughter. One can only imagine the scars on their souls. Just the eyes, staring at nothing and yet everything.
Those who cry are afraid of being separated from loved ones. Those who are dying of starvation have eyes that do not see and souls that no longer care.
If those who promote the violence and death would look into those children’s eyes, really look at the amazing innocence, beauty and trust, would it change anything? It should, but it is doubtful that the enemy really sees the children at all.

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.

Beautiful faces, with ringlets of dark hair flowing down, framing the picture of innocence. Eyes as deep and dark as the well of life itself.
They follow the others, some holding the hands of a sibling, or a parent, usually a mother. There is something safe about a mother’s hand.
They are not fleeing from an ideological conflict. Theirs is a different kind of terror. Their children are the prizes of those who would use and exploit them. The country in which they live has lost control of the criminal element which also uses and sells girl children into sexual slavery.
They have traveled miles and miles, helped along the way by those who understand their plight. Some have died, but death seems better than what they are leaving behind.
They too reach a boarder, but crossing is not easy, if at all. If they are turned back, the hands of the children will still be held, and they will follow wherever they are led in their innocence, because that’s what a child is.

Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and whit, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.

They sit in a huddled mass. Little girl faces that only hours ago were filled with anticipation, now are filled with the fear and dread of the unknown. There are no mother’s hands to hold.
Their dark brown faces are stained with tears. Their eyes empty and without hope as they wait their captor’s next move.
Their only crime? Going to school. Their joy? Gaining the learning to be able to have a better life, both for themselves and their country.
They have been taken away by those who are afraid of what they will become if they become equals.

Sing the song and give thanks that all over the world, people of all religions and ideologies have seen the eyes of the children and reached out in the love and compassion of God.

CONCERNS: Anna Ferrell says the Harry Tuck family is recovering from several painful experiences and appreciates our prayers. Judy McWhorter has a good friend and family, the Thurston’s who need our prayers due to both illness and death in the family. Keith’s sister will leave rehab soon. Nathan Beach is well enough to travel and is doing well. Erma Williams’ cousin, Eleanor Bresee (ovarian cancer) Lee Nicklas, Leena Bolin’s aunt, (leukemia) Kim Hall’s friend, Mary, Betty Foy’s sister, Sue Huels, Sandra Anderson, and Gil Richardson. Wayne Phlegar has pain issues on certain days. Remember Rich Crites, Jim Hunter, Deana McRoy, Stephanie Rigney, Marge Greenwood and Jenni Cullum. It is always good to see Mary Smith able to be with us. Others to remember are Helen Nicklas, Tim Elder, Mrs Matara, Marie Barnett and her
family, and Todd Baumgardner, who is awaiting a kidney transplant.
Monday: John 10:1-18
Tuesday: Matthew 13:24-43
Wednesday: Psalm 90:1-17
Thursday: Luke 14:15-24
Friday: Amos 5:18=6:1
Saturday: Psalm 71:1-24
Monday: Matthew 7:7-11
Tuesday: Romans 13:21-31
Wednesday: James 2:14-26
Thursday: Mark 2:1-12
Friday: I Peter 1:3-12
Saturday: Psalm 105:1-45

Even though this bulletin is being printed before the Christmas Party, enough of the planning and anticipation is proving it to be a success. You can’t miss when our award-winning Chef Jeff Bland does the main course. As always, Judy McWhorter outdoes herself each year decoration, along with the help of others, who, if I tried to name them, I’m sure I would miss one or two. Those who brought deserts and side dishes are also to be thanked.
Del Bolin promises to be back on track as our MC next year. He was missed.
ALSO: Judy McWhorter, Erma, Anna and several others worked to decorate the tree and the annex for the party. CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
On Wednesday evening December 24, there will be a Christmas Eve Service here at the building. It will be the same format as before, with perhaps some changes. It will start at 6:00 PM and last
about 30 minutes.
Judy McWhorter and her sister, Jan Overstreet have assembled their mother’s “New England Village” in the annex. They will have a special viewing on Super Sunday, Dec. 21 from2:00 – 5:00 PM. However, if Judy is around after a service, she will be glad to show it to you.
Judy and her sister do this each year in memory of her mother. This is the first time it has been on display here/
Keith & Jo’s granddaughter, Melanie Beaver, (Megan Downing’s sister and Holly’s niece) will graduate from Marshall University on the 14th. She will be entering Law School in the fall to seek a degree in International Law.
Many of you received an email concerning a woman who has asked for help with gifts for her two daughters. They are ages 9&13 and they wear sizes 14 & 16. All kinds of clothing and underclothing is needed. She also called and asked if we might include her 14 month old grandson. He likes Barney stuff, but anything for a child his age will work.

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