No Grown Ups Allowed

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

“People were bringing little children to him in order that he might touch them; and the disciples spoke sternly to them. (Mark 10:13)”

Through the centuries there have been far too many Christians who have felt that their primary calling in life was that of speaking “sternly” to someone or rebuking somebody. There have been too many who have felt that God wanted them to look around to see if anybody was having fun, so they could stop it. Of course this is not the reputation followers of Jesus have with all people, but it is out there to the degree that I am aware that we have an image problem. Let me give you and example.

A priest is supposed to have said to the comedian Groucho Marx : “Oh Mr. Marx , I want to thank you for bringing so much joy into the world.” To which Groucho Marx, always quick with on the uptake replied, rather ungraciously, “I want to thank you for taking so much out.” Groucho was ungracious, but he had a point. A lot of religious folks seem bent on bringing their wet blankets to every party.

Do not get me wrong. I am big believer in discipline. I think discipline is one requirement for making disciples. The challenge it seems is how do we as the “church” with a reputation for “taking the joy out of the world,” bear witness to Jesus who scooped up children and told all onlookers that inside this small person are qualities God has placed there and which people of all age are to nurture if they intend to experience my kingdom.

When was the last time you turned your imagination loose and played dress up with a child? Or when do you remember taking some old brush or boards and building a playhouse? It is the same skill set of God that imagines ways to play, that imagines new ways for healing, hope, and joy to enter into the world. Allow yourself to be part of creation in ways only the spiritual skill set of a child can do it. For when Jesus "took those children up in his arms and blessed them (Mark 10:16),"  you were blessed with such a skill set that is yours for the ages.

See you on Sunday.

Still in one peace,

David J Jensen

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