Moving beyond Politics to Prayer and Engagement
IN THE NAME OF JESUS, We pray for the LITTLE ONES. Recon Records is kingdom oriented, not political, though our artists and those who listen to our music are sometimes associated strongly with one party or the other. Jesus, in his day did not align himself with The Jewish Sanhedrin or Temple establishment; he did not align himself with Rome, or with the Essenes intent on mystical encounter with God. His Kingdom and its principles were made for this World, but not out of this world as a source. In his Kingdom, children are valued:
Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes a little child like this in My name welcomes Me. But if anyone causes oneof these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a large millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.
The issues surrounding immigration are complex, and I don’t presume to have the answers, but at the very least we can pray for mercy and safety for children wherever they are, whether they are immigrants, or trafficked because they live in a war-torn country; or are in a family setting where they are physically, emotionally or sexually abused (In the US alone, 5 children die every day because of child abuse); whether they are the victims of violent assault at the hands of gangs or even law enforcement or in any one of hundreds of life-and-heart-and-soul threatening circumstances. We can support ministries in our communities that have a history of sheltering, protecting and mentoring children, whether with our time or our resources. We can protect those entrusted to us. “Little Ones” is a song from the mid-80s, from the prayer album “Intercessor,” Recon’s first album release. The lyrics were written by Mel Ayres (with a little help from Rick Norris, who is the lead singer, supported by Jeanette Hawes and Alice Echols). https://youtu.be/517qJNqQcXI
This song was first sung in a Church setting at the Vineyard in a musical version of “Intercessor,” to benefit Embracing Life Ministries (then called ARM), a ministry who is deeply concerned about issues facing young and old, then at a small church, Abundant Life, that Lou Engel and Che Ahn attended (Che would later start H-Rock with several other pastors, and Lou would found “The Call”).
Its final performance was at Church on The Way (appropriately, because the musical was based loosely on the Church’s Pastor, Jack Hayford’s, book on Intercession). “Little Ones” was sung at the media caucus of the Presidential Prayer Breakfast during Reagan’s sojourn in the White House, with a choir of little ones from a local DC church backing Rick Norris.