Angels of God
People were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them; and when the disciples saw it, they sternly ordered them not to do it. But Jesus called for them and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.’ Luke 18:15-30
Today a family I know and love will bury their five year old child named Fairfax. She died of an unknown illness, and as you can imagine the grief is overwhelming. On this day one year ago, the family buried their matriarch nicknamed Pokey; she had lived a long loving life and was known for her "merry heart." There are glimpses of hope being passed around the family that the Pokey was there with open arms to welcome her little angel Fair.
As God would have it, this passage from Luke is the one appointed for this very day...("how can it be" as Mary said.) Luke says in this reading that the kingdom of God belongs to the little children, and so we must receive the kingdom as a child if we want to enter it. Pokey and Little Fair have gone to prepare a place for their beloved family; they will forever be children of God to whom the kingdom of God belongs.
Today I reflect on how I can receive the kingdom of God like a child, like Fair and her great grandmother with a merry heart. I believe they will both have much to teach us as the days go by.
This picture is of Pokey and Fair a little over a year ago. Beloved angels of God with merry hearts.