TODAY’S SCRIPTURE: Mark 10:13-16
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
BE A CHILD
Watch a child and you will see how to live.
Toy or box? How many times have you seen a little child take a toy, usually an expensive toy mom and dad are excited about, out of the box? Do they play with the toy or the box? Yup, the box. It is only when we get older that we see dollar signs.
Rose or dandelion? Children at play will leave roses alone. Not because of the thorns, but because of dandelions. Children’s eyes light up when they see those yellow flowers. They see hair decorations, they see yellow under chins and they see seeds blowing in the wind. It is only when we get older that we discover the weed.
Shoes or bare feet? Oh, the freedom of bare feet. Wiggling toes in the grass. Splashing in a puddle. Picking up rocks with toes. It is only when we get older that we discover stones hurt and mud has to be washed off.
It is only when we get older that we change how we look at the world.
Children want to play ball. Adults want to organize a team.
Children love heroes. The good guy always wears a white hat. Adults do not care what color of hat their hero wears, as long as they know how to handle a ball, or act, or sing, or ……..
Children, with a child's honest curiosity, will ask a person why they are in a wheelchair and then accept it. Adults will turn their head. They do not know how to ask those hard questions.
Children know how to blow bubbles, look at clouds, laugh, sing off key, take naps, ..........
Adults know how to …….. What do we know how to do? What can we learn from children?
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Do you remember what it was like to lay on your back and look at the clouds? What did you see there? What is your best childhood memory?
LET US PRAY
We come to you as your children, Dear Lord, We want a simple faith. We want to celebrate with the joy of a child. We want to smile when we pray. We want to appreciate, not question, the wonders of your world. We want to lift our eyes to heaven and say ………………………………… Amen