Thursday, December 21, 2006


…but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” Matthew 19:14

What did He mean by this anyhow? He, who came as a child… into the arc of a mother's embrace?

Child with Tree photo by Gail Nadeau. Used with permission.


Blogger Martin Stickland said...

What a cutie! Nice picture L.L.

The mince pie is in the post!

8:54 AM  
Blogger Christianne said...

I think He meant He wants to be our parent. I mean, think about it. He asked us not to worry. He said we are like "lilies of the field," which means He will take care of providing for our very life and every breath, plus our clothing of splendor. He asked us to give Him our cares and, in return, He would give us His easy yoke. Basically, He is amazing because He's giving us the way-best end of the deal -- and it seems He really, really wants to! All that to say, I think it's an indication of His great love and care for us.

11:47 AM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Martin... in the post? Where, where? Did somebody steal it while I wasn't looking?

Christianne... "not to worry".... a good thought for right now... thanks!

1:28 PM  
Blogger Craver VII said...

Without guile.
With empty hands.
Totally dependent.
Completely trusting.

I picture a good little boy or girl in a parking lot that immediately obeys Mom or Dad and even takes hold of their hand to avoid being run over by a stranger.

Thanks, LL for ushering in these sweet thoughts. Ain’t it funny how we grow more mature in our relationship with God by becoming more childlike?

2:00 PM  
Blogger For now... said...

An unjaded, innocent, complete trust. Like free-falling.

2:39 PM  
Blogger Charity Singleton said...

I think another aspect of "childlikeness" is the wonder over the ordinary. The little one in Gail's picture has a sprig of something in her hand. I'll bet she thinks it's marvelous, whatever it is. I would have pulled it, accusing it of being a weed.

3:44 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Love the picture.

I think He meant: Be wide-eyed, be trusting, like a child, ready to believe and trust in any momment.

5:22 PM  
Blogger L.L. Barkat said...

Craver... great point about the paradox!

For now... what a picture of trust you paint.

Charity... because, in truth, even the ordinary is wildly complex and lovely.

Andrea... always ready for what He has... I like that.

6:05 PM  
Blogger andre said...

Don't really know but that hasn't stopped me from commenting yet. :-)

I think he means that he welcomes with open arms those who are the least significant, the smallest, the unassuming, the humble.

7:02 PM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

Coming to Him without a second thought - like a child comes to a parent when it is scared, hurt, alone or made fun off...

Merry Christmas to you and yours.

12:40 AM  
Blogger Ted Gossard said...

What a wonderful thought to reflect on! Thanks so much.

5:40 AM  

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