From The Rectory
Jesus 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.’
I have always understood this passage to be referring to humility and trust. For a child their security comes from accepting the love, guidance and protection of their parents, and those who consider themselves to be Christian should adopt a similar attitude to their heavenly father.
However on holiday this year, I saw another example of how we should be childlike. As I lay on the sun lounger peering over the top of my book, I observed how my children were running around making friends. There was an openness and acceptance of all the other children.
As the children around the resort played together they were demonstrating what Jesus meant, not only when he called us to be like the little children, but also what He practically meant when He said:
‘A new command I give you: love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.’ (John 13v34-36)
This summer down at St Margaret’s we have a number of special events, where we are inviting people from all over the local community to come and join us. The first of these is our community BBQ on the 6th July, then we have our fete on the 19th July, which will also be the launch of our open days being organised by the Friends of St Margaret’s.
As the different groups gather down at the church, it is my hope and prayer that like the children running around a holiday resort we too can demonstrate a warm and friendly welcome.
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