When I look back at where I’ve been, I see that what I am becoming is a whole lot further down the road from where I was.
Gloria Gaither, Contemporary
American Writer, Singer/Songwriter
And he took them up in his arms and blessed them.
Kids just know. They know how to test a substitute, they know how to communicate with others kids, even when the other child cannot speak. I am sure you’ve seen babies recognize one another in public situations, even when they are not family. If one baby cries it is possible that others will follow in sympathy or frustration. Kids know when something good is coming, even from their low vantage point. In a parade, they sense what the cool float is, who will give balloons, often before their parents do. It is no surprise then, that the children wanted to be with Jesus. They knew he “got” them. They knew he “saw” them. They knew they were special to him. The word got around. No tweet, no phone, nothing but “the word.” They flocked to him, followed him, clamored for him. They were dissuaded by their parents, other adults in the crowd, the apostles. And he let them, in fact he called for them.
Those children took that recognition with them back into their every day lives. It was, perhaps a turning point, perhaps a fond memory, perhaps an anchor that they went back to as they grew. Jesus helped to shape their direction by accepting them, by loving them where they were, by embracing them, by blessing them. Just as He does now. And thankfully, He looks for that childlike faith all of our lives. Like those children, turn to Him, climb up into His arms, be blessed. Oh how much farther you are down the road, and oh how God loves you.
Because of Him,