Lenten Devotion: Day 42

03.30.21 | Stories

    Fearless like a Child 

      

    Fearless like the child with limitless dreams, 

    The child who doesn’t understand why we just can’t do certain things, 

    Fearless like the child who walks up to big dogs, 

    The child who knows nothing of potential dangers, merely momentary interests. 

      

    Fearless like the child on the BMX bike, 

    Soaring to new heights at the construction site, 

    Fearless like the child sliding down the stairs, 

    Bumping and bopping and stopping just before the sharp edge of the dining room chair. 

      

    Fearless like the child at summer camp,  

    Risking it all to meet a new friend when away from the love that comforts her, 

    Fearless like the child who sits with the “different” kid at lunch, 

    Living to love his new neighbor, finding like interests in record time. 

      

    Fearless like the child who learns a third language, late at night, lying in bed, 

    So that he can console his roommate the next time a court date doesn’t go as planned, 

    Fearless like the child who makes a return trip to the place that’s sent him back twice, 

    Because he’s safer with strangers on cargo trains than in his own hometown. 

      

    Fearless like the child born in a stable because his parents were unwanted, 

    Fearless like the child of a young first-time mother and the father who loved them both, 

    Fearless like the child who stayed behind without parental approval, 

    Only to be found in the temple, testing the teachers, while worrying his mother and learning to build bridges made of LOVE. 

     

    Matthew 18:2-4 

    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. 

     Prayer of Thanksgiving 
    Thank You God. 
    God is all, God is everything, God is everyone, 
    God is the elders, 
    God is the children. 
    Help us Lord to resolve our fears, 
    Fear of strangers,  
    Fear of circumstance, 
    Fear of the unknown. 
    Let us not forget,  
    In you, all things are possible. 
    Thank you, God. 

     Kenton Reaves Hundley