Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” And he laid his hands on them and went away.
I love these scenes! They show such a tender side of our Lord as he makes room and time for children. Can't you see them climbing up on his lap and embracing him. Children know how to love like no others can love. Their hearts are so tender and their love so genuine.
I think that these boys and girls caused Jesus to smile as he held and blessed them.
Jesus says that the kingdom belongs to such as these. It cause me to wonder about how I, unlike children, often choose to take such an analytical approach to kingdom life. My focus is so often so very 'adult'. It is a good reminder to live life: believing the best in others; rejoicing with friends; honoring each other; and loving God and others with all of our hearts.
Help me to be more childlike Lord.