13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.
God’s sense of timing is rather amusing sometimes. That this would be the passage for mediation this morning is timed perfectly for me and my family. Yesterday I experienced the blessing of witnessing the baptism of my beautiful granddaughter into the family of God. She may be only one-day old, but as the people who love her and who belong to God’s family already, it was our privilege and honor to be moved by God’s Spirit to share the faith with her. We did that because of this very reading from the Word. We honor what Jesus taught His disciples regarding the bringing of children into His presence.
In Daphne’s baptism, I am also reminded that the simplicity of a child’s faith is honorable, commendable, and to be duplicated in our lives as well. As adults we tend to think there is honor in complicated and heady. For God, there is not. He is looking for our humble submission to His will and ways. Something to contemplate as we climb up onto the lap of our Heavenly Father.