Do not despise one of these little ones

See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven. What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly, I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

With a child standing in the midst of his disciples Jesus begins to give us a peek into the heart of God. In just a few sentences our Lord paints a picture of a Heavenly Father that assigns protecting angels to his children and searches out wayward children when they stray. And He rejoices when the lost one is found. His heart for his children is matchless. His love overwhelms me. He is a Father like no other.

And our Lord tells us to not despise God's children. In contrast, we should be like the angels in our protection of each other - we should always have each other's back. When one of us strays our heart should demonstrate the compassion of the Heavenly Father and go after that lost sheep. Our desire should be for each other's salvation. We should rejoice when a lost soul is found. Our heart should be that no one perish.

My prayer is for the child that has strayed today Lord. Help them to see you coming.

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