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I read this portion of Scripture last night from Mark 9:33-37 (NLT):

33 After they arrived at Capernaum and settled in a house, Jesus asked his disciples, “What were you discussing out on the road?”34 But they didn’t answer, because they had been arguing about which of them was the greatest.

35 He sat down, called the twelve disciples over to him, and said, “Whoever wants to be first must take last place and be the servant of everyone else.”
36 Then he put a little child among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them,

37 “Anyone who welcomes a little child like this on my behalf  welcomes me, and anyone who welcomes me welcomes not only me but also my Father who sent me.”

In reading this portion, with keeping Christmas in mind, it became so clear as to why Christ came to us as a baby. In so doing, He showed us how to take that last place & be the servant of everyone else. How we welcome a little child into our family! We hold them close, we embrace them wholeheartedly.

May I always welcome Christ into each & every day of my life. May I welcome Him into my activities, my decisions, my thoughts & in all that I do.

In so doing, I also welcome the Father.

                          Today I am reminded that He put a little child among them.