At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
“Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.
Become Like Children
Rising the bones creak loud
the aches encouraged by cold rain
the indwelling of age and experience
makes this body slower and more careful
There was a time when jumping and flying
swinging and spinning round and round
these were my hours and my days
and God was with me never to fail.
Adults too long and childhood long gone
we take ourselves so important, so serious
words measured and life calculated
and giggles and joy have gone from us.
Wake up you old bones and complaining ones
God is still with us and adoring the child
dancing and singing with our ancient bones
seeking the sweet humble one inside us all.
Come out and walk in the rain and fall
into the snow and the waves trusting
completely on God's mighty strength
to see us through the most trying day.