The BBC’s Children In Need must be the most popular charity event of the year. Perhaps this is because we all recognise the vulnerability of children; their total trust in us as their only hope; their complete dependence on us to help them. They have not yet become cynical, suspicious, or able to look after themselves.
In Matthew 18:3 Jesus says “Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”
Jesus is asking us to reverse our belief that we don’t need God to look after us; to turn our disbelief in God’s goodness into belief; to swap our suspicion for total trust; to become completely dependent on God to help us in every aspect of our lives.
God knows our needs better than we know them ourselves. All we have to do is put aside our arrogance; to approach God with the vulnerability of a child, totally trusting in his love for us – to turn to God as his children in need.
A couple of members of our little group said they’d seen my photo in this week’s Champion. The article said that I’d been invited to write a letter to the Grossart brothers. This is not true. As I mentioned originally, I felt moved to compose the letter. The inspiration came from an inner prompting that I felt compelled to follow. I once read a quote by Mother Teresa that begins: “I am a little pencil in God’s hands. He does the thinking. He does the writing.” I feel that was the case with me.
I am, by nature, not a confident person and I tend to worry, yet people commented on my composure in TV interviews – particularly the live interview with the BBC News Channel when there was a fault with the sound!! I know I could not possibly have done this without the help of my heavenly father.
The last few weeks have been wonderful – making new friends, meeting new people. Lots of people (including strangers in Sainsbury’s) have thanked me for the video. Thanks for the excellent video should go to Peter Harvey who has been working with Sefton Libraries. As for anything else, I know who my thanks go to. I know I am one of God’s children in need.
22nd November Wisdom (Luke 10:21)
29th November Light of the World (John 8:12; Rev. 3:20)
6th December A Christmas Carol
13th December Shepherds and Magi (Luke 2;Matt 2 & 22:16)
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