Little Ones

There is nothing like watching a true mother look after for her little one.  To see the great care she takes and the investment of her whole life—it’s truly an unmatched example.  As adults, we joke about it.  We listen to them grumble and we make snide remarks like, “Listen, kid.  You’ve got it made.  I wish someone would still do that for me.  One day, no one will look after you like that.”  Two things: 1) we know good care when we see it; 2) we sure are callused and hard these days…aren’t we…

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35 He sat down, called the twelve, and said to them, “Whoever wants to be first must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.” —Mark 9

He shows us how to care for the world, how to serve it.  Just as Jesus took the little child up into his arms and presented them to his disciples, so we must receive and care for others as one would a small child.  It doesn’t mean we “baby them” or treat them as if they were ignorant.  No, it means we pour a mother’s touch into the kind of care and concern we have for others.  As Christians, each of us are called to be “Christ” to them.  That means, receiving them into our care as you would a child.  Like Jesus said,
14 “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

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