|Christ blessing the children|
Jan Salomonsz de Bray
A number of years ago, my youngest grandson came to visit for a week. He was three years old. We had a wonderful time doing nothing in particular. Each day we went out to explore various playgrounds, or a field, or collect rocks. He would sit on my lap and we whizzed around town in my electric wheelchair. As we travelled about we sang children's songs. He could really belt out rousing renditions of Itsy Bitsy Spider, Wheels on The Bus, and of course, that generational favourite, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.
His simple, pure faith broke my heart. I thought of what Jesus said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for such is the kingdom of heaven," (Mathew 19.14, cf. Mark 10.13-16.)
Just like my grandson's dependence and trust in me, I must trust and depend on God. In the previous chapter of Matthew, Jesus used the example of a small child to model discipleship.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one little child like this in my name receives me."