Psalm 119: 145-176; Exod. 7: 8-24; 2 Cor. 2:14-3:6; Mark 10: 1-16
A Childlike Faith
In Mark 10: 15, Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”
I have always been told to “grow up,” “toughen up,” “quit being such a Pollyanna.” I always saw my sensitivity and optimism as two of my biggest defects in character (probably because I was told so).
I truly believe people are good. We are born in God’s image. We all love and crave to be loved. It is the layers of hurt, disappointment and fear that cause us to make choices that take us away from God’s love.
I want to see the world as I did as a child. I want to be awed by a sunset, a lone flower growing in a field of weeds. I want to believe in “happily ever afters,” that God listens to my prayers. I choose to believe that I have never met a stranger, that we are all friends that just haven’t met yet. I want always to be hurt when you don’t feel the same about me. Why? Because I believe in love, in goodness.
Most of all, I believe that God so loved the world that he sent his only son to be born in a manger, to live as one of us, to die a horrible death and then to rise again, so we can have everlasting life.
Lori and Mike Meena and their two girls are long-time members of St. Margaret’s. Anise and Skye are acolytes. Lori is the church photographer, a member of the Pastoral Care Committee, a Lay Eucharistic Minister and former Vestry member.