Throwback to little Matt enjoying the swimming pool. I wasn’t thinking about whether I was too fat or whether it looked gay to hold my hands in a particular way. I was in the moment, enjoying the water and the sunshine and the love of my family. Maybe this is when we’re closest to God.

I like Eugene Peterson’s translation of these verses from Matthew 18: “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.”

May we learn to let go of our complicated adult lives with all of their stress and anxiety – even if only for moments at a time – and remember that we are loved, we are enough, and all will be well.

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