Lenten Devotional, 2/24/2012


 Friday, February 24

"The Faith of a Child"

Read Mark 10:13-16

'Do you hear what these children are saying?' they asked him.
'Yes,' replied Jesus, 'have you never read, From the lips of
children and infants you have ordained praise?'
-- Matthew 21:16

When my grandson Brandon was about five-years-old he came with me to church to take care of some chore that needed doing. It was a hot summer afternoon, one of those rare days when the sun is shining but rain clouds lurk about in the sky, teasing those below with the half-promise of the possibility of relief from the heat.

As we waited in the parking lot for others to come and work, Brandon drank Kool-Aid from a cup and played on the driveway. It wasn't long before one of those clouds decided to dump a little moisture on us. It was just too hot not to stay outside and enjoy the rain. As rain hit his face, I watched as he lifted his cup toward heaven and cried out, " Here, God, see if you can hit the cup!"

How wonderful it would be if we never lost that innocent faith in a God who not only loves us but also is willing to play a game of trying to hit the cup with raindrops. I know God smiled with me that day as my grandson demonstrated to me a faith that I would do well to emulate. -- Jane B. Thomas

Prayer: Loving and faithful Father, gather us in your arms and teach us to love you with the faith of a child. Never let us lose the joy of being your child, and may we praise you all our days. Amen.

Jane B. Thomas is a member of Free Springs UMC near Como Mississippi..

320 Briarwood Drive
Jackson, MS 39206
or use our contact form
Sign up now
The Mississippi Annual Conference—empowered by love, generosity, justice and apprenticeship—forms spiritual leaders, faith communities and connections so more disciples of Jesus Christ transform the world.