Grandpa’s Coat

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Mark 10:13-16  People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

Last week when visiting my parents, my mom jumped up from her recliner to announce “I have something to give you”. She went to their entry closet and pulled out the wool overcoat my Grandpa wore to church every Sunday! All of my childhood memories from the farm in South Dakota flooded back into my mind…. Riding the horses Maisie & Daisy, helping with chores, Sandy their St. Bernard, large meals together around the kitchen table, going into town on Sunday morning for church, and time spent on Grandpa’s lap. Those are my most fond memories of my childhood. When we were at Grandpa & Grandma’s house, they gave me their undivided attention. They were interested in my life and listened to what I had to say. They loved me unconditionally. They were always there for me.

Grandpa’s coat is so much more than a wool overcoat. It is a reminder to me of the security I felt when the arm in that coat wrapped me in love. Jesus longs to do the same for his children. Bring the children to Jesus to be wrapped in his love. He will give his undivided attention, is interested in our lives, will listen to what we have to say and will love us unconditionally.

Allow the loving arms of Jesus wrap you in his love this week!

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