Key Verses 13-15: 13Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; 14but 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.” 15And he laid his hands on them and went on his way.
Reflection: I have so many rich memories of being a child. Erik Berne developed a theory of psychology known as “Transactional Analysis.” This theory proposes that within each of us there is a Child, a Parent, and an Adult. The transactions we have are in our connections to each other through these three components. It’s just a theory.
The Child in us is apparently a valuable asset in our relationship with God. There’s an innocence in childhood. There’s a curiosity in childhood. There’s a universal acceptance and trust in childhood. There’s imagination and dreams in childhood. There’s fun and playfulness in childhood. There’s an absolute dependence in childhood. Why wouldn’t Jesus say that we need to become like children if we’re to enter the kingdom of heaven? It has to be true.
Prayer: Lord, help me to touch the Child within me today. Allow me to taste the innocence and the joy that I once had. Give me the curiosity and the unconditional love to be with all kinds of people, accepting them and appreciating them today. I know I have to be an adult. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Author: Steve Eason
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].