Near To The Father's Heart

The freedom to truly be a child -
dependent;
not responsible for anything too big for us;
to cry out for what we need, whether nourishment, physical comfort, protection or attention;
living in the moment with whatever captures our interest and attention;
to be seen through the eyes of love and simply delighted in;
- these are the gifts of being a child who lives near to the Father's heart.

Jesus, show us how to live near to our Abba's heart.

John 1:10-18 NLT
10 He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. 11 He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. 12 But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.

14 So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.

15 John testified about him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for he existed long before me.’”

16 From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the unique One, who is himself God, is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.

For Reflection and Prayer:

Which words, phrases, pictures or stories come to mind as you listen to this scripture? Savor them and bring them into conversation with Jesus.

As you listened or read the text, did you see yourself in the text? if so, what did you notice? Can you identify anything which you long for?

Come as a Child

What would be the qualities of one's heart that would be like a child's? Is it the wonder that a child carries, the openness and innocence?

A child comes dependent on others for their care, their provision, for their basic needs to be met. In this story it may have been parents bringing their children to Jesus, seeing in Jesus One who would bless and nourish their children.

Even if you are one who wasn't brought to Jesus for his loving care, touch and blessing, you can bring yourself, the child that resides within, to Jesus to touch, hold and bless you.

Come. Come as a child to Jesus and receive God's loving care and blessing. Let him hold you for a while.

Who comes to mind that you might want to bring to Jesus for his touch and blessing? Bring them to him in your prayer. 

Mark 10:13-16
People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it." And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

For Reflection and Prayer:

  • What word or verse stood out to you? How is Jesus speaking to you in that?
  • What voices or attitudes do you hear inside yourself, that tell you Jesus doesn't have time for you?
  • Can you allow your innocence and dependence to be seen, held, and blessed by Jesus?
  • What do you think Jesus meant when he explained about entering the Kingdom of heaven?