“And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them” (Mark 10:16)
A word from the Word: Read Mark 10
“…for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14)
Food for Thought: Jesus loves me…
I know I’ve written a lot about my oldest daughter, Rachel. It’s hard not to write about those you love. She teaches me so much about fun, play, brushing hair, dancing, and Jesus. Last night her mommy and her were getting ready for bed. Jen was helping Rachel get into her jammies, and my wife was asking Rachel to sing the new songs she had learned at Sunday School. Rachel asked, “about Jesus?” And then instead of singing, she started telling Jennifer that Jesus loved her, and has the whole world in his hands. Rachel goes on to say that Jesus is with her all the time, and that He plays with her, and sits on the floor with her.
She may not realize what she is saying, but she understands something about Jesus that us adults would do well to comprehend. Rachel knows that Jesus loves her, and that He is ever present in her world, willing even to sit with her and play. I believe that is exactly what Jesus would do. Those little children that Jesus blessed in the Gospels, you remember the ones that disciples tried to keep from bothering Jesus? He sat with them, loved them and they didn’t question if he loved them or not, they knew he did.
Sometimes I think we are afraid of having a child-like faith. Why that would mean that we wouldn’t worry about the adult things that weigh us down. No, we would be forced to seize every moment to play, dance, and sing about a Jesus that truly does have the whole world in his hands. My daughter’s world is full of adventure and joy. I pray she doesn’t ever lose her enthusiasm for life and her knowledge of how close Jesus is. And if you have little children, remember that how you live is the image of Jesus they will see.