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  • Writer's pictureRev. Kim Taylor

Pastor's Ponderings: Meandering through Mark 10:13-16 bible study (May 22, 2024)

May 22, 2024:  Tuesday (Wednesday) Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark 10:13-16

Thank you, dear friends who are doing the study of Mark.

My good news is that after my visit to the would clinic yesterday afternoon, my right leg is completely healed, now to get the left one in the same state. Dr. treating me believes that the other two wounds will be healed within the next several weeks. The other good news is that my blood pressure is now back into the normal range. Thank you for all of your prayers.

Please do join us for Holy Trinity worship this week and remember the free movie afternoon this Saturday at 2PM in the sanctuary. We also have Gospel Music Sunday and the Asian themed carry in which we will share after Sunday service.

Today in Mark 10 we have a very interesting short passage about the place and faith model of children. In all of the hectic times which are currently surrounding Jesus as He prepares to enter Jerusalem, Jesus finds time for welcoming the smallest children of the community. These children are probably four years or less, and it is likely that their mothers brought them so that they might receive a blessing from this great teacher and healer.  On the other hand, the disciples wanted the children and their mothers sent away. This was not the time for this kind of stuff to be taking place! After all, Jesus has already told them that He will lose His life in a short time.  The disciples must have been very anxious about the news that Jesus had been sharing with them. In His normal fashion Jesus teaches an object lesson spontaneously. As you and I know, the little ones who we teach at church, are ready to hear and absorb the wonderful stories in the Bible. The Veggie Tales show helps us to understand the ways in which children learn, accept, and trust in the Word of God, and the truths that it reveals. Council President, Gail, often brings Oliver to church, and we are all caught up in the joy of that voice speaking out saying the truths that you and I should know in our hearts but are certainly mostly unwilling to be so exuberant about. Not Oliver. He is happy to be in the midst of the people of God, and he certainly feels at home with us as adults. Oliver trusts us to care for him with the tender love of Jesus Christ, and though his life may change as he grows in years, you and I have had the privilege of sharing our faith with him, laughing with him, and rejoicing and welcoming in the Spirit to our lives.   Jesus is very clear here. Accepting Him and God's Word through faith, happens best when we take it all in with a simple heart with him. Yes, I know, that doesn't always happen, does it?  When we don't over think the Grace of the Holy Trinity, we too can be like children, living our faith with joy, and according to Jesus, we ought to always be so loving, warm, hospitable, compassionate, merciful, and forgiving, accepting of God's Truth, and filled with the joy of our Savior every day. Not only do children receive a blessing through Christ, but they are also a blessing in our midst, setting an example for how we should all come to Christ. Just as a quick aside: children know how to be selfish, difficult, and angry too.

But Jesus says come to me just like these littlest ones do. And, though our faith is to be lived in our lives like that child-like faith, we are also called to grow in our understanding, and in the promise of life with the Savior. We all expect our children to grow too, don't we? It was good to share this with you this morning.

In Christ's Love, Pastor Kim

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