E-votional Dem Little'uns 
August 30, 2001
"but Jesus said, "let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs."
Matthew 19:14 (NRSV)


Yesterday, a young man was working on his yard, and there with a toy wheelbarrow, his son was following along with some items of one sort or another right behind.  Down the street, a couple of children were playing in there yard, innocently, having a good time.  I am reminded of a time when I was sot but six years old, in the vacant lot, playing baseball with kids much older than myself.  They would come close, pitch the ball underhanded, let me hit the ball, and then make it to first base, each and everything.  There we were, all of us, enjoying our time together, with fun, but most importantly to me, accepting everyone, accepting me.

Hear the Good News, as Jesus taught throughout the region of what is now Israel, he sought to help people to understand what exactly the Kingdom of God was about.  He knew we could learn a lot from children.  In their innocence, they do in fact reach out to all people.  They want to meet and get to know everyone, if someone is without, they want to give of themselves.  When Jesus would come around, I imagine He went out of His way to spend time with these little, and often over looked gems.  Casey is underfoot even now, yet with such a peaceful smile and sound to her voice.  So much to learn from children, maybe, just maybe, if we look closely, we will see what it is that Jesus was talking about.  Even with the ornery one, perhaps, . . . especially with the ornery ones.


Gracious God, teach us, teach me, what it is the Kingdom is really about.  Children, they are such a blessing, even the ones that do not belong to us.  Help me to loosen the scar-tissue around my heart and see and experience life as children.  Wonder, excitement and acceptance is the life they seem to live, help to find that once again.  Thank you Father, for all You have done and all You will continue to do in my life.  Amen.