Friday, August 9, 2013

Life and Love Make...Crumbs!

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said,  "Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Have you ever purchased a pumpkin scone at Starbucks and tried to eat it in your car? Even of you're not driving, they kind of make a mess. A little on the drier side, definitely crumbly. 

There's an old fashioned cliche' that says: "That's the way the cookie crumbles!"

I take it to mean, it's bound to happen, it's in the DNA, 
Maybe even...get over it, clean up, move on.

It seems one business owner this week had an issue, a different approach.

Proprietors with their children in tow, sat in her cafe, picked from the menu, and socialized, while their children sat happily, well-behaved, enjoying the pleasure of a scone and all its crumbly fun. 

Oops, a few crumbs fell on the floor. 


The cafe owner complained to the mom that she didn't appreciate her messy children, just having cleaned her carpet.  She (of course) posts a video of the mess.


And so it goes...the cookie, the scone...the children,...her business?

Jesus taught us a different approach.

Bring them to Me, the kids, the rug-rats, the criers, the whiners, the tantrum throwers in public places, the biters, the mouthy, the sneaky, the shy ones, the gigglers, the climbers, the huggers, the daddy's girls, the momma's boys, the milk spillers, the spaghetti throwers, with their bad report cards, their straight A's, the over-achievers, the under-developed, the dancers, the athletes, the Gate kids, the orphans, the abandoned, the hungry, the abused, the forgotten, the neglected, the spoiled rich kids, the dreamers, the doers, the cancer-stricken, the college bound, red, yellow, black and white, the one's knit together for My purpose, whose every hair I have numbered, whose name I know for all of Eternity. 

 All the little children, for I love them. 

I died for them. They are precious in my sight. 

And I gather their crumbs and I sweep them away and I will do it again, and again, and again. 

For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the children.

Look at a child, and see God. 

Father, thank you for the children in our lives, whether ours, someone else's or the one screaming in the restaurant. Thank you for loving us when we throw tantrums, demand our ways and act childish.Thank you for cleaning up after us and doing it because You love us! May our words and deeds concerning Your children honor You. Teach us to discipline wisely and to accept Your discipline in our lives. Help us to be gracious and forgiving, patient and compassionate, to see through Your eyes. Thank you for loving all the children. Amen. 

P.S. How many of you think this woman needs to bake cookies and scones and serve them to the children in the hospital and the nurses that take care of them? 

1 comment:

  1. Interesting linkage between current events and our spiritual life. Enjoyed reading this one Coleene!