‘Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’
During a two-week stay at Dutch L’Abri last autumn, the subject of what it means to be like children came up in a lecture entitled, Hoping for the best but expecting the worst: Do you really want to live forever?
Here are some pointers our speaker, Arthur Metz, noted about children in his talk:
they are trusting because they don’t have many other options
they don’t overthink or become overly critical
they are in tune with the natural world
they don’t pretend to have all the answers and they’re curious – hence they keep asking ‘why? why?’
they trust their parents, even when the answer is ‘no’
they are good at living in the present, without major concern for the future or the past
A few days after the lecture, as I reflected on Matthew 19:13-15 and why Jesus was such a magnet for children, I was inspired to write verse 1 of this little song. Jesus’ invitation in Matt 11:28-30 was a perfect match and inspired verse 2.
I hope the song ministers to you, as it does to me.
JESUS, WE COME AS LITTLE CHILDREN
by Irene Bom
Jesus, we come as little children
We see in you the Father’s heart
You make the time
You make us welcome
You draw us close
into your loving arms
Jesus, we come bringing our burdens
We find in you the rest we need
Humble in heart
Ever so gentle
You bind our wounds
and bless us with your peace
For more songs written at L’Abri in autumn 2021, click here.
A prayer to accompany you as day changes into night.
O God our Creator,
by whose mercy and might
the world turns safely into darkness
and returns again to light:
we give into your hands
our unfinished tasks,
our unsolved problems
and our unfulfilled hopes,
knowing that only those things which you bless
To your great love and protection
we commit each other,
and all for whom we have prayed,
knowing that you alone are our sure defender;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
“In contemplative prayer the saint (who knows himself to be a sinner, for none of us is whole, healed, and holy twenty-four hours a day) turns inward in what is called ‘the prayer of the heart,’ not to find self, but to lose self in order to be found.”
This prayer sheet is inspired by the February 2022 theme of the month: Change.
In these prayers we ask God to transform our hearts so we may live in the truth he desires and faithfully pray for our hurting world.