March 31st Lenten Devotional

Like a Child

Rachel Wrenn

Luke 18:15-17

So I’m going to let you in on a little secret: well-known Bible passages are the bane of the preacher’s existence. It’s not because we don’t love them—often they’re some of our most favorite texts. But with well-known texts we run into one very simple problem: everything (it feels) has already been said. What more could we say about Jesus and the Little Children text?

Accept Jesus with childlike faith; be innocent in your life; hold fast to Jesus the way a toddler holds your hand when you’re going down the staircase—as if her entire balance depends on you, because let’s face it, it does.

However, it is rare that everything really already has been said—or even if it has been, some things are well worth saying again. In today’s political climate—angry at best, vicious at worst—it might be good for all of us to pause for a moment on one particular quality of being a child: their vulnerability. They cannot help but be vulnerable with the people around them. It is both their greatest strength and also the thing which leaves them the most open to being hurt. When was the last time you were vulnerable with someone who thinks the politically opposite of you? When was the last time you respected their vulnerability and really tried to hear them? In some way, Jesus says, it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.

Rev. Rachel Wrenn served her first call in southwest Minnesota, “on the edge of the prairie.” She is currently pursuing her PhD in Hebrew Bible at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.

©2017 by individual authors and Facebook Narrative Lectionary Group.  This work is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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