Become Like Little Children

God knows all about my life.

Even when it is too difficult for me to grasp–all the issues and illnesses within my family, what my hopes and dreams are, how I am feeling from moment to moment.

He knows it all.

Even though I cannot understand how, I have to trust that He does.

Just like a small child sitting happily and calmly in their own house, quietly playing with toys in the floor.

They trust that their loving parent will prepare food for them.

They trust that they will be told when to go to sleep and rest.

If they pinch their finger on the wheel of a toy car, they trust that a simply cry of “Mommy!” or “Daddy!” will bring them to their presence immediately.

They don’t worry about water bills.

They don’t spend time concerning themselves about car payments.

Yet, they drink water freely and ride in a car when their parents tell them to get in.

Jesus says that we need to be like little children:

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 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 18:1-5)

Every day I need to become like a little child as far as my trust and belief in God are concerned.

Even though I do not fully understand, I must fully trust.

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The Finest the Moon Can Yield

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The 33rd chapter of Deuteronomy begins with this verse:

This is the blessing that Moses the man of God pronounced on the Israelites before his death.

As the chapter unfolds, we find separate blessings.

This is part of the blessing for the tribe of Joseph from verses 13-16:

About Joseph he said:

“May the Lord bless his land
    with the precious dew from heaven above
    and with the deep waters that lie below;
 with the best the sun brings forth
    and the finest the moon can yield;
 with the choicest gifts of the ancient mountains
    and the fruitfulness of the everlasting hills;
 with the best gifts of the earth and its fullness
    and the favor of him who dwelt in the burning bush.
Let all these rest on the head of Joseph,
    on the brow of the prince among his brothers.

I don’t hear much about people blessing others anymore.

Why couldn’t we?

Not just when we are dying, but throughout our lives?

What about praying for good things for our children, even when they become teenagers and adults?

Prayers that ask the Lord to bless them.

Prayers about blessing them with wisdom.

Blessing them with hearts that are tender toward God.

Praying for their faithfulness.

Praying for their purity.

Praying for their strength.

Can’t we bless our own children when we pray for them?

Shouldn’t we?

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