“Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” And He laid His hands on them and departed from there.” Matthew 19: 13-15
This Sunday, our pastor told a joke and it went something like this:
Once there was a man who, while walking along a road, fell into a ditch.
A Pharisee came by and seeing the man, said, “My son, you are unclean.” And he walked to the other side, leaving the man in the ditch.
Next, a Presbyterian came along the road and said, “You were predestined to fall into that ditch.” He walked on by.
Then a Methodist was traveling down the street, and noticed the man in the ditch. He walked over to the fellow and, with pity, looked down at him. “Praise God in the bad times. I will pray for you brother.” And he continued on down the road.
A Charismatic followed soon after, and said, “Brother, just believe you are out of the ditch and it will be so.” And he walked on by.
A fundamentalist journeyed along the road, and seeing the man, said to him, “You deserve to be in that ditch.” And he, too, continued on.
And so the list continued, until Jesus walked over to the ditch. With love, He reached out to the man and said, “Come, take my hand.”
And He lifted the man out of the ditch.
(No disrespect intended to any denominational group)
All kidding aside, it left me with this thought: how complicated we make faith. As we try to figure out why difficulties happen, or what we did to deserve them, Jesus has His hand extended to us. He is willing to help us out of our present situation. May we always see His helping hand through the mire of man-made dogma.
Jesus offers Grace. All we need do is take hold of it.