July 16, 2014


Matthew 18:1-9

My husband and I received our first child when he was two. We were in a foreign country and had no resources but our own survival skills which were better suited for a battlefield than parenting. We felt sorry for him, mainly because we had no clue what to do except try to find something for him to eat and keep him from falling into things; that seemed reasonable. It was hard. At two years old he was quite wobbly; every time he took a step we gasped for fear that we would cause him to trip and hurt himself. The little guy was completely helpless  and dependent on two people whom he had never met and who had no experience in the parenting business.

Christ takes stumbling seriously, too. He cautions the Church not to cause little ones to stumble or sin. Instead, the Church is encouraged to become child-like, and trust the one whom we call Father, whom we depend on for our daily bread, and to whom we may turn when we become helpless and afraid. This is greatness, and those who humble themselves to be like children are the greatest in the Father’s kingdom.

The prayer my son prays at night: Dear God, thank you for loving me so much, and for all the people you give for me to love. Don’t forget to watch over me tonight and help me to be a blessing to everyone tomorrow. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Melinda H. Jones,
Pastor of Advent Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Charleston, SC.

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One Response to July 16, 2014

  1. Bruce says:

    Thank you for sharing your journey in a foreign land with such a precious gift. Would be interested in hearing more. Blessings, Bruce

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