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Love, Bless, Value

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Reading: Mark 10: 13-16

Verse 16: “He took the children in His arms, and He blessed them”.

Our short passage today is about many things. It begins with a desire for a blessing. It includes a desire to see the “real work” of God being done. It includes an invitation with a nod to having such simple faith. It concludes with welcome, love, and blessing.

The passage begins with parents bringing their children to Jesus. It was the norm to have the rabbi bless the child. This usually occurred at the temple, much as baptism occurs in many of our churches. To bring them to this itinerant rabbi was similar – except there was something special about this Jesus. As parents we all want our children to be blessed, so we can relate to their motives here.

But the disciples try to intervene. Children were at the bottom of the social ladder, of little worth in society’s eyes. This was part of their trying to ‘protect’ Jesus. The larger part, though, was that this would distract Jesus from the ‘real work’ of ministry: preaching, teaching, healing. This was the disciples angle, to allow Jesus to work. We can all relate here too. How often we ignore or wish we could have avoided those trivial or unimportant things or people. That phone call, that knock on the door, that email – yes, maybe distractions. But maybe opportunities to minister to another.

Preventing the children from coming to Him upsets Jesus. He elevates their status – the kingdom belongs to these – and He recognizes their inner value – examples of how to receive love and God and faith. To demonstrate this, Jesus takes them in His arms and He blesses them. I envision this being a robust hug and a personal engagement with each child. I imagine the blessing is compassionate and loving and focused on each child. It is dedicated and intentional time. It is how we too should see and receive and treat all people, especially those that society deems unworthy and of little or no value. To these belong the kingdom of God.

Father God, how you love the children! Help me to love them as you do. May I never be too busy or too selfish – for then I miss the opportunities to love and bless those you send my way. In your name I pray. Amen.

2 thoughts on “Love, Bless, Value

  1. JESUS , LOVES EVERYONE, ITS EACH PERSON FREE CHOICE TO OPEN THEIR HEART TO HIM,
    WE CANT DO IT FOR THEM. AMEN. HOW PRECIOUS ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT ME, O GOD,
    THEY ARE INNUMERABLE , I CANT EVEN COUNT THEM, THEY OUTNUMBER THE GAINS OF SANDS. AND WHEN I WAKE UP IN THE MORNING YOU ARE STILL WITH ME. THANK YOU GOD.
    I LOVE YOU STILL. ………….

  2. MY THOUGHTS ARE Completely different from yours says the LORD. AND MY WAYS ARE FAR BEYOUND ANYTHING YOU COULD IMAGINE. FOR JUST AS HEAVEN S. ARE HIGHER THAN EARTH SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER THAN YOUR WAYS AND MY THOUGHTS HIGHER THAN YOUR THOUGHTS…
    ISAIAH 55 V8, 9
    I LOVE YOU GOD. AND SO GLAD TO KNOW YOU ARE HERE WITH ME.

    THOUGH FAINT , YET PURSUING, WE GO ON OUR WAY,
    THE LORD IS OUR LEADERM HIS WORD IS OUR STAY ,
    THOUGH SUFFRING AND SORROW AND TRIAL BE NEARM
    THE LORD IS OUR REFUGE AND WHOM CAN WE FEAR.

    GOD IS WELL ABLE TO DELIVER THOSE WHO WALK WITH HIM.
    AMEN
    LOVE YOU LORD.

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