Jesus love the little children, . . .

Tuesday, February 22, 2000

   [B]ut 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, New Revised Standard Version

   The kingdom belongs to the little children.  What an image.  It makes you wonder what is so significant about a child that makes them so special in Jesus' eyes.  Well lets look at them play and interact.  Watch as they hug.  They love.  They don't hide their emotions.  Little children ask questions.  They thank God for ice cream.  Listen to their prayers.  Honest, from the heart, without the flowered language of adults.  Ever see a child hate?  I am not talking about broccoli either.  I have yet to meet a jaded callused child, unless of course an adult has "taught them the facts of life."  Oh what we could learn from a child.
    Do you remember the song?  Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world, . . ..

   Father, remind me of my child-like love.  Forgive me for being callused in your world.  For the pre-judging and hate that does dwell within me.  Help me to love and welcome all those whom You have place here.  In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.