Anne blogs at Front Porch, Inspired about surrendering everyday living for sacred purposes. She and her husband, Jay, are founders of a ministry called The Bridge, focusing on missional living and advocacy for youth in vulnerable places of life. She holds an MA in Teaching Languages (English and Spanish) and is a lover of words and the Word, culture and communication. Jay and Anne have five kids, a front door that can’t stay closed, and an abundance of messy, holy chaos at their neighborhood center/home in Iowa – of all places.
And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:5
“Welcome a child,” He says,
but I wonder if He was thinking
about nightmares every couple hours
the neediness – the clinging, desperate
neediness that both melts my heart and exhausts my bones.
Does He know about it all
when He says the kingdom of Heaven
is of such as these?
Because this is real and
really, is this
what He had in mind?
Dear Child, my
Child – the answer is yes.
May you be as desperate,
as needy as the one clinging to your arms.
May you recognize – will you ever
recognize? – you can do nothing without Me.
Come to me-
come crying after every nightmare of life
come skipping after every joy
come hobbling, broken, dirty with nothing
to offer Me
and I will feed you, refresh you, care for you
whisper comfort over you as you sleep
bandage your ouchies
take you in and make you
because, yes, this
is what I had in mind.
Child of mine, seek
to find yourself in young eyes
and do not
At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me. Matthew 18:1-5