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"Those who have the disease called Jesus will never be cured" ~Old Russian Proverb

Friday, September 16, 2005

Where Are The Cookies?

In his book The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning shares an experience with a young neighbor: "I am reminded of the night little Johnny Dyer, three years old, knocked on our door flanked by his parents. I looked down and said, 'Hi Johnny, I am delighted to see you!' He looked neither to the right nor left. His face was set like flint. He narrowed his eyes with the apocalyptic glint of an aimed gun. 'Where's the cookies?' he demanded."

Jesus taught that the Kingdom of God belonged to those who were childlike in their faith. As Johnny demonstrates, there is no pretension in a young child. A child doesn't feel a need to guise themselves in coyness or cloak themselves in deception. They just let their heart be known - I'm here for the cookies.

I'm encouraged to consider that as I approach the Lord in prayer. I don't need to present some false front. I don't need to try and clean up my appearance and make myself presentable. I can simply stumble into His presence and cry out in honesty - the good, the bad and the ugly. And as I put that to practice, what a blessing it is.

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