Jesus called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.Matthew 18:2-4
Okay, friends, you knew this was coming! Our Miami family has just been here a few hours and already I am this mixed up combination of thrilled, tired, happy, and grateful.
Heading to church this morning, together, will be such a privilege and a joy.
The good news is they all get to stay until the middle of the week, so there will be ample time for play, and photos, and more.
But I won’t make you wait, so here are a few to get the ball rolling.
I love this shot (nice one, Naomi) of Geoffrey – now 16-months – getting to meet Mr. Max for the first time as a toddler. I definitely detect a mutual admiration thing going on! I have not been with Geoffrey, in person, since last July, so I am especially grateful for video-chat apps that so effectively bridge the gap. He went right to me, no hesitation, because we really do know one another well.
Then, once I had set the evening chili on slow cook for the next few hours, I took David and Beks to the park.
Of course we stopped for the classic “Pride Rock” photo opportunity. I know the observation is cliché, but can you believe how these two have grown over the past eight months?
I can’t begin to describe how much vibrant, animated, full-on life emanates from our three Miami grands. I think it’s what Jesus was talking about when he said, “Unless you become like these children you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!”
By “like these children” Jesus had to have been referencing the abundant, irrepressible, light-saturated life they model. Not childish, but child-like. Not simple, but unspoiled. Not without sin, but without cynicism.
The words of Jesus are as powerful and challenging today as they ever were. So Why won’t we follow him more closely? – DEREK