Tuesday, May 17, 2022

A Little Religion

The entire Christian faith can be accurately described using the word "little."  At Christmas we sing, "O little town of Bethlehem," as well as, "The little Lord Jesus asleep on the hay."

Jesus teaches us to become like little children in order to enter the kingdom (Matt. 18:3).  He calls His followers "O ye of little faith," and His promise is that we will see Him again in "a little while" (John 16:16).

In Luke 12:32, the Shepherd tells His "little flock" not to be afraid.  Children of all ages love to sing, "I am Jesus' little lamb," and, "Little ones to Him belong; They are weak, but He is strong."

God is a big God - far beyond anyone's comprehension.  But He has gone to great lengths to make Himself and His religion little.  He has done this so that we can understand Him and come to Him.

Resist the pride and temptation to make God and His church big.  He made Himself little enough to fit in a manger, and has made His kingdom little enough to fit within you (Luke 17:21).

"And now, little children, abide in Him" (1 John 2:28).

Friday, May 13, 2022

When Man and Wife in Love Conceive

I wrote this hymn eleven years ago now.  Hard to believe it's been that long!  It could be called a pro-life hymn, or better yet: pro-marriage, life, and family.

When man and wife in love conceive,
They have, O Lord, from You received
A holy gift beyond compare:
A child placed within their care.

The mother's womb is safe and warm,
The father's love will shield from harm,
And You, O Lord, together knit
The human body intricate.

"In pain," You said, "you will give birth;"
The woman feels the sin-brought curse.
By labor's end, the lesson learned:
"Your sorrow into joy will turn."

Your infant son or daughter bring
To be reborn through baptizing.
There I, the Lord, will take and bless
And robe each one in righteousness.

Dear Christians, never cease to pray
For faith and love these latter days,
For marriage, life, and family,
That all be held in sanctity.