One of the true blessings of life that Deb and I enjoy is that we have grandchildren. Some of them are not children any longer, in the normal use of the term.
One of our granddaughters visited with us for a week. Sophie is an adult these days, but she continues to also be our grandchild.
During this visit, we have played “tourist” a little bit with her. More importantly, we have traveled down the treasured paths of “remember when” which crisscross through the years that have flowed since Sophie truly was a little girl – even a baby.
The days of this sharing have been blessings which I know you can easily imagine. They are also a blessing from God in a way only He could arrange.
There’s a phrase we see several times throughout the New Testament. I know you have read it and also heard it read many times. One of the most familiar uses is during Baptism … “Let the little children come to me. Do not hinder them, for to such belongs the Kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:14)
If you continue reading there in chapter 10 of Mark you can be reminded of how fully open the door to the Kingdom of God is. The Lord Himself reminds us that each of us enters the Kingdom as a little child. We are blessed to be in God’s Kingdom, blessed to be His children, in spite of the fact that we bring nothing to the table. Like a child who wakes from sleep in the morning and brings only hunger to the breakfast table, we all receive the blessings for which we have not toiled but that are given to us by our loving, eternal Heavenly Father.
“Little children” is used a dozen times in the New Testament; in Matthew twice, in Luke and John, in Galatians and seven times in John’s first letter. Reading them feels like having God’s loving arms surrounding me. Here’s one of those hugs.
1 John 2:12 - I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for His Name's sake.
Pastor Bob LeFavi
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