“for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these…”

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People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on 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. Truly I tell you, 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, placed his hands on them and blessed them. – Mark 10:13-16

I like to take photographs. I’m not technical, I almost never use a flash, and I’m nowhere near conversant with the menu of options on the back of my camera – but I do know how to frame a picture and I am learning a lot about light.

1-DSC_1751-001I have some decent equipment, too. My Nikon DSLR may be “entry-level,” but to me it is highly sophisticated. Yet I still take most of my photographs with the phone in my pocket. Why? Exactly because it’s in my pocket. I have to plan ahead to use my Nikon, but most of the time photo opportunities come at me on the fly, and I’m either ready or I’m not.

Over the past few days, I have shared some great images of the grandchildren. Then I remembered I had a few on the Nikon too. So this morning I have sifted through and pulled a handful I believe my readers will enjoy.

While you are smiling at my grandchildren, remember that this is Holy Week and give thanks for the Good News of Jesus that undergirds everything that makes this life so beautiful and so good.

Peace, light, grace, invitation, and promise – DEREK

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Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.

Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.

Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.

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