People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. But when Jesus saw this, he was indignant and said to them, "Let the little children come to me; do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it." And he took them up in his arms, laid his hands on them, and blessed them. Mark 10:13-16 (NRSV)
Karen Woodard's, from North Carolina, son has a severe form of dyslexia that makes school-work very difficult for him. Karen met with his teacher to design an education plan specifically for him.
After their long meeting, the teacher told Karen that her son comes to her at the end of each school day and thanks her for teaching him. Karen was deeply moved. She had no idea he did that! She knows how much he dislikes school because it is so difficult for him. Yet he shows gratitude to his teacher in her efforts to help him.
Karen decided that she would do well to follow her son's example and try always to have such an attitude of gratitude, especially when it comes to her relationship with God. In today's passage from Mark's Gospel, Jesus directs us to follow the example of a child. Even though some days are not pleasant or easy, having a heart of gratitude toward God reaps a heavenly reward.
We would all do well to follow this boy's example and keep an open mind and heart filled with gratitude for what we have rather than what we have not. I know I am grateful for each of you taking time to read this blog. Maybe you could also visit our web site at www.firstunitedmethodistchurchgulfport.org/
Prayer: Thank you, God, for all that You do and have done for us. Give us hearts of gratitude, purity, and humility, in Jesus' name, amen.