Friday, October 23rd Mark 10:13-16

“People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.” And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them.” Mark 10:13-16

We always hear how wonderful children are – and yes, they are. Now listen to the perspective of a harried parent having a bad day.

Children can be pesky little critters too. Babies do a lot of things – cry a lot, go to the bathroom a lot, develop lots of strange rashes, get fevers in an instant when you’ve made plans that can’t be changed. They get addicted to these plastic things they suck on and then lose in the night when you have to comb their cribs for endless hours to find their lost “whatever you call them’s” so you both can go back to sleep. They have so much equipment you have to call Ryder for a simple weekend at Grandma’s and they outgrow their clothes before you’re home from the store.

Toddlers can’t figure out how to hit their mouth with their peas or tie their shoes but they can ALWAYS figure out how to bug you when you’re on the phone, find you in the bathroom, or grab something they aren’t supposed to have from a neighbor’s coffee table.

Grade school kids hit their siblings, yell terrible oaths that they aren’t even supposed to know yet, dig in your drawers for costumes, leave their toys all over the house (which you step on late at night with bare feet). They play with stuff you don’t want them to play with and ignore the stuff you killed yourself trying to find in the store last Christmas.

Junior high kids develop interests that always seem to 1) cost money, 2) require spending time with kids that make you nervous, 3) be interests you don’t believe they are ready for, 4) require whining, pouting and emotional outbursts and 5) cost money.

Senior high kids are SO mature. Enough said.

And college kids seem to regress to the junior high stage. You might want to reread their interest list from two paragraphs ago.

And, to top it all off, every else’s kids are always much more irritating than your own!

It’s no wonder the disciples weren’t interested in Jesus putting children center stage. But Jesus did – because he saw their hearts. He saw human beings hungry for love. Maybe that’s the part of us that will always remain young.

Let us pray: Heavenly Father, no one loves us as much as you. You will always be there for us, you will always put up with our childishness and self-centeredness, because you will always see that, deep down inside, we just want to be loved. We want what you alone can give us. And you always meet that need. Thank you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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