This afternoon, I was at Blocker Norfolk Family YMCA, sitting quietly in the Chapel, when I observed the following: Two girls (age 8-10), wearing swimsuits, came into the Chapel. One of them picked up the small wooden cross from the table at the front, knelt down, and became very still. Her companion sat in a chair, and after a brief moment, let out a little giggle.
The one on her knees said, “Shhh, be quiet.”
“What are you doing?”
“Praying.” About ten seconds later, she got up, replaced the cross, and started to leave, followed by her friend.
Once they were behind me, the friend asked, “Why were you praying?”
“I wanted to worship God.”
I smiled. This reminded me that the Kingdom of God is open to those with childlike innocence, love and awe. It cannot open to minds that are continually planning, scheming, judging and hating.
Lord, help us all to love You in the unencumbered fashion of children!