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Friday, October 16, 2015

Today’s Reading | Matthew 19:13–15

Then little children were being brought to him in order that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples spoke sternly to those who brought them; but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” And he laid his hands on them and went on his way. (NRSV)

I was ten years old when my sister was born, so I was in a way like a second mother to her. Our relationship always took that path. You would think the age difference would create more of a distance in our relationship, but that is quite the opposite. She is my best friend. When I moved to Chicago, our relationship changed. She needed me less and less. She was thirteen when I moved here, and I would call to bug her when I was walking around the city and she always answered. But when she went to college, when I called she’d be in class or studying or going out with friends—all exciting things for her.

I wonder if that is how God feels with us? As we grow up and become independent people, does God fear that we will need our God less and less? We are children of God and as children we are to obey. I have always loved this quote by Pablo Picasso: “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” As we grow up, we are always learning and acquiring new perspectives on life. The challenge is being humble to the teacher, Christ. Humility is what he asks of us, for us to go out and learn and build the life he wants for us.

Lord, thank you for providing me the strength to always lean on you. Help me to always be humble to your teachings and open to whatever path you have set before me. You are my greatest teacher, and I must never forget that. Amen.

Written by Ashley Elskus, Director, Center for Life and Learning

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