3/24- Mark 10:13-16
13 People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them, but the disciples rebuked them. 14 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. 15 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." 16 And he took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Thoughts: Jesus did not come to the healthy, but to the sick. He did not come to those who were strong but to the weak. He was not born in a palace, but a stable. He did not pal around with the religious leaders as much as with the sinners. He touched the unclean leper. In a time in which children were seen as second-class, Jesus lifted them into His presence. It seems that Jesus came to those who would be considered "helpless" to show them there is help. We must become like children in that we need to not be so self-reliant, but dependent on God for help. When we are sick, hurting, or grieving, we find we are not so independent of God, but we need His help and care.
Prayer: As you welcomed the children, Lord, welcome me. Help me to know that I am accepted by you- just as I am.