Mark tells us about a day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch them and bless them. We get this awesome visual picture of Jesus with his hands on the heads of the small children saying blessings over their lives. Blessings like love, hope, peace, faith and joy.
That’s one of the reasons I had such a strong pull back to the church when my son was little. Having been brought up in a Christian home and a Christian church family, I knew firsthand the huge blessings that came with being ‘brought to Jesus’ throughout my entire childhood. When I was a young adult, I wandered away from my relationship with Jesus but I was drawn back by the desire to give my children those same blessings I had received as a child.
In Mark 1o, Jesus tells us that we need to receive the Kingdom of God like a child. A child is a sponge- ready to learn new things, ready to try new things, ready to believe anything is possible. I sometimes wonder if one of the reasons little children are so open to God is because they have just recently come from God. Do they still recognize his voice? Do they recognize the touch of the One who formed them in their mother’s womb?
Dear Father, we ask you to open up our hearts and minds again like they were when we were little children so that we may know you better.