14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14
My three and a half year old granddaughter Lucia, not only came to me, but spoke up: “Lita, I don’t like it when you are here because you don’t cuddle!”
At the time, we were in bed and I was reading to her. I felt a little pin prick at my heart and I know that I turned a bit red in embarrassment. Truly though, I felt hurt. At first I did not realize Lucia was telling me what she wanted. And now I know, I needed to take notice. She felt that an important part of our relationship should be cuddling while I read to her.
Sometimes from the mouths of babes, a message comes from God and we need to stand at attention and take notice.
Recently, I told Lucia that I’m taking cuddling classes and even ask her from time to time, how am I doing? Lucia will tell me the truth for sure.
People tell us every day what they want and need from us. Do we listen?
Jesus tells us in those moments of prayer when silence enfolds us what he wants and needs from us — listen to His message of love and blessings and step forward with grace knowing that He will always give us what we need.
Enjoy the Advent season and let’s all listen together to the spiritual nourishment that this season provides for us all.
Shared by Carmen Matias