Come to him he has the keys of heaven. Without Jesus you can never go to God. With him all things are possible. Come to him, come to Jesus he will set you free.
Keys of heaven are given unto him, keys of heaven are given unto dear Lord.
Keys of heaven are given unto him. Come to Jesus come to Jesus he will set you free.
By Juliana Arslanian.
I never knew these words had been etched into my mind until yesterday when I reconnected with the wonderful woman who thought me as a child. It’s been over twenty years but the words came back at me with a bang and I sang out loud with joy as if I had never stopped singing.
Years ago, this woman who lived in my grandma’s neigbourhood would come to visit and teach my sisters and I gospel songs she had written herself. I remember her urging us to sing from our stomachs since it was easier and sounded better.
We would laugh and ask her how possible it was to sing for our stomachs. We would try to sing from our stomachs and laugh when she told us our voices were not even coming from our throats. Unfortunately, she disappeared without a trace until yesterday when we reconnected on Facebook.
My sisters and I often wondered where she had disappeared to and whether we would ever see her again. It’s been over twenty years and although we did not hear from her, we never forgot her songs or the powerful words contained in her songs.
At the time when she used to talk to us about Jesus in her songs, I never really understood what she meant until I had my own personal encounter.
Almost at an old age, she is still singing about that man who came to shed his blood on Calvary cross.
As much as I remember the impact she had on my life, so do I remember the negative influences I experienced in my life from other people as a child.
The bible tells us in Mark 10:13–16: “People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’ And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.”
This verse shows clearly that children are not to be exempted from Christian teachings and practices. No wonder I still remember the words that spoke of the man Jesus as clearly as I did as a child. A child’s memory is more powerful than many adults think and that is why when the adults rebuked them, Jesus was unhappy.
Is it not arguably true that most of our insecurities, fears and believes have come to stay as a result of our childhood experiences?
And that is why we must make young ones remember us with joy and not pain when they cast their minds back as adults.
Most often, we are concerned with the harvest and not the planting time. What is there to harvest when there is no investment of time to plant and cultivate the tender heart of a child? When we shut children up and ignore their innocent questions they ask in naivety, how will they know the truth? Who will tell them about salvation?
Let us remember that they will grow like we all have. And make no mistake; they will remember you for the good or bad like I do.