Thought for The Day – Monday 18th January

Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

Matthew 18: 4 – 5

Everyone wants to know their place. If you attend a wedding you want to know what table you are seated at. Depending on your relationship to the couple you would expect to be nearer or further away from the top table. Back in the day before I was married and attending weddings as ‘the minister’ I often found myself at the furthest table away, tucked into the back of the room, with people whom I didn’t know. The happy couple were quite right to do this because they knew everyone else there much better than they knew me.

In Jesus day people treated children the same with them being neither seen nor heard, relegated to the back and kept out of the way. Yet Jesus recognised that a child’s simple faith was to be commended. They weren’t worried about the great big issues of their day, they just accepted they were loved.

Right now there are so many worries out there for us it can be hard to simple accept we are loved. In fact it takes a lot of work. Perhaps there is something we can learn from children in this?

Prayer: Father the world is way beyond my understanding. So much happens and I shake my head. That’s just the things I know about! Help me to accept you love me, help me in the midst of worry and not knowing that you are my heavenly father and you hold me in your hands.

Action: Take a moment to rest in God. Don’t do anything just find rest.

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