April 13: The Godfather

by Maurice Seaton

Lenten Devotional 2011“I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the Kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (Mark 10:15)

These often quoted words of Jesus have a refreshing new meaning for me.  You see, I have become a godparent for the first time, not once but twice, in the past few months.  I could not be more proud and filled with joy.  My two god daughters were born less than three months apart.   Whenever I hold one of them in my arms, I realize that my world will never be the same.  They are part of my life forever.

The psalmist calls out for God to provide comfort and guidance through the perils of life.  I reflect on how best I can build a relationship with my god children that includes my faith.  Perhaps the best gift I can offer to Lulu and Nicky is friendship.  A constant presence, never far away, of one who loves and cares for them deeply.   I will endeavor to be a part of their lives and offer them support and encouragement throughout their life journey.   I expect that they will also have much to teach me.

As a community of faith we belong to God and each other.  Yet are our lives open to renewal in Christ?  God challenges us to change and grow in unexpected ways, ways that often require the faith of a child.

Exodus 7:8-24
Psalms 128, 129, 130
2 Corinthians 2:14-17; 2 Cor. 3:1-6
Mark 10:1-16