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Father and Son

“Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf welcomes Me, and anyone who welcomes Me welcomes not only Me but also my Father who sent me.” (Mark 9:37, NLT)

There is so much that little children can teach us about God’s interactions and love for us. This picture of our son with his 15-month-old impacts me where I am in my ministry and life, and it symbolizes a couple of things I need to think about more:

  1. My Father (capital F) has to really bend over and walk slowly in order for me to put my tiny hand in His.

  2. My steps are stiff and meticulous, and I want to make Him proud—and He is proud—but not because of my steps.

  3. Even when I'm looking down—down at my feet, my tiny steps, my meager accomplishments—HE is always looking ahead and guiding me down the road.

  4. May my life (OUR life) cast a long shadow in my little neighborhood.

Warmly in Christ,

Don Newby

For Reflection: “Anyone who does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother!” (Matthew 12:50, NLT)

  1. Reflect on the picture of father and son above. What aspect of the Father’s love and relationship toward us needs to be highlighted in your life right now?

  2. At this time, how difficult is it for you to be “the child” being led by the Father? Are you resisting His leading and guiding? His love or delight in you? The work He wants to accomplish through you?

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