(Listen to my song “I Stand in the Light” on YouTube by clicking HERE)
“Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Do you remember what it was like to be a child?
I can’t say that I do.
Of course I do remember various happenings…but I really don’t think I remember what it was like to simply go outside and play without a care in the world.
I’ve been able to recreate similar experiences as an adult when on retreat…walking in wooded areas and simply enjoying all the surroundings with a quiet mind.
Children can at times be totally present to what’s happening with a sense of awe and wonder.
I think that is what Jesus was getting at in today’s scripture verse.
This reminds me of a poem by the 14th century poet Hafiz: “Every child has known God, Not the God of names, Not the God of don’ts, Not the God who ever does anything weird, But the God who knows only four words and keeps repeating them, saying: “Come Dance with Me.”
The kingdom of heaven is available now…when you are actually present to the now…even in times of trouble when you are able to totally accept what is and allow your awareness to simply be without judgement or commentary.
There is a simple joy in each moment when you are present to it in the complete openness of your heart.
It’s such times that each of us can also be a sacrament of presence to someone else who is in need.
Practice being like a child again.
Open yourself to each moment with a child-like wonder.
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Remember…God loves you!