"Let them come."

Written by Rachel Denison

This upcoming Sunday is very important to me. It’s my first Mother’s Day celebration with my little Wesley outside the womb! Craig and I typically love to celebrate even the smallest of holidays and use them to enjoy each other as a family. This holiday in particular seems especially significant, special and worthy of celebration.

As I reflect on my new life as a mother, I can’t help but think about the type of mom I’d like to be going forward. A well-known verse comes to mind that I’m going to pray God gives me the grace to walk out.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.” –Proverbs 31:25

My son is crazy, fun and full of life. I have no doubt that he will cause me to have minor heart-attacks on a regular basis. I tend to like control, order and organization. My tendency is to say “no” anytime something happens that gets messy or out of control.

When I picture Jesus with the little children, I don’t picture him constantly telling them, “No, don’t do that, that makes a mess, etc.” I don’t picture Jesus worrying and trying to maintain control of the situation. I picture Jesus laughing with glee and enjoying the wonder and wild imagination of the children.

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.’” – Matthew 19:14

I want Wes to grow up with a mom who looks like Jesus. May I laugh with him when he’s silly, rather than be afraid of the messes he will make. May I be the type of mom who jumps right in and joins him! And may that never change. Even as he grows into a young man and makes messes that aren’t so fun, like we all do, may I get in the trenches with him. May I never hinder him from running to Jesus in his own mess, by showing him I will always receive and accept him with open arms.

My strongest witness will be modeling this in my own life by being unafraid to run to the Lord in all circumstances. God is so gracious. He is not afraid of our messes, and we don't have to clean them up before we run to him. May we be reminded this week that God meets us where we're at and embraces us fully. He celebrates with us in our joys and laughs with us when we're silly. He is not easily angered or controlling, but a kind and merciful parent. May each of us seek God with childlike wonder and not shy away in fear.

And if you are a parent, going forward may we laugh more and worry less, knowing just as Jesus has faithfully taken care of us, he will take care of our precious children. May we take very seriously Jesus’ command not to hinder our kids or hold them back from finding him. May we show them Jesus is fun, wild and the best adventure yet. Parents are one of the main ways God has chosen to represent himself on earth. May we represent him well.

Happy Mother's Day to all the mommas out there. You are incredibly valued and essential to God's kingdom work in this world!