Devotional for Saturday and Sunday September 26-27

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14 (NIV)
 
Our thought for today: “Cuddles and coos.”
 
My wife and I are eagerly anticipating the arrival of our first grandbaby in April. We don’t know the gender yet but it doesn’t really matter. Every child is a gift from God and we can’t wait for this precious gift to arrive. It’s still September but we’re already making plans to fly to San Antonio so we can be there for the birth.
 
As I imagine holding that beautiful little infant in my arms, I can already hear myself making silly babytalk sounds – sounds which have no meaning in the literal verbal sense and yet, sounds which communicate volumes. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve seen it. You’ve probably done it. An adult holding a little infant, the two of them making eye contact and gazing at each other, the adult making cooing sounds, the baby smiling and giggling in response.
 
The parent / infant bond is perhaps the clearest and purest picture we have of simple, uncomplicated, and unlimited love. Is there a relational bond that is stronger for human beings than that of a parent and infant? And think about the communication that’s going on – it’s not even articulate distinguishable speech. It’s just cuddles and coos, but it communicates a love-bond that comes straight from the heart and is about as deep as it could possibly be.
 
There’s a reason Jesus used children as an illustration of the kind of love relationship God wants to have with us. In Matthew 19:14 Jesus didn’t say the kingdom of God belongs just to children, He said it belongs to those “such as” children. In other words, “like” children. It belongs to those who come to God with the purity, simplicity and faith of a child.
 
We often think God is looking for us to be spiritual giants who are theologically correct, spiritually astute, verbally articulate, upright, moral, and towering examples of virtue and integrity. But all the while He’s yearning for cuddles and coos. All of those other attributes and virtues are important and should be developed, but in its simplest and best form, our relationship with God should be a love relationship that is tender, gentle, and deep. It’s the faith of a child.
 
When was the last time you spent time with God like that? Why not try it now? Just sit with Him for awhile and simply enjoy being with Him. You don’t need words. It’s okay to just enjoy being together.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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