Suffer the Little Children…

The first time I heard that term, “suffer the little children to come unto me,” I was a bit confused by the terminology.

Later I realized its roots were in old English, similar to how folks once said, “pray-thee tell me your thoughts.”

One of my father’s favorite old chestnuts was this…”if you take a lake and put it into a glass, it ceases to be a lake, it’s just a glass of water…if you take God’s mind and put it into man’s, it ceases to be God’s, it’s just man’s.”

We on earth are not meant to understand tragedies like that which happened in Newtown, CT yesterday.

Ironically, the only ones involved, who can fully comprehend it, are the innocent victims who actually did “suffer” their way to God.

Now they’re wrapped in the loving arms of Jesus–and God’s mind and theirs are one.

All of America cries with you Newtown.

Though your hearts are broken, your tears will someday turn to joy when you see your children again in heaven.

As for the guilty party, and all those victimizing innocents…well…the Gospels say it best (I pray-thee heed these warnings);

Matt 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 

Matt 18:10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 

Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 

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