Thursday 24 February 2011

So simple: Yes, Jesus loves me!

(This is post 12 in a series that started here).

When I was a little child, I very simply accepted that Jesus loves me. "Yes Jesus loves me, the Bible tells me so."

And when I prayed, I started my prayers with, "Dear Jesus."

It was so simple and uncomplicated. Of course Jesus is real. Of course Jesus is active in my life. Of course Jesus loves me. I'm His little child. I'm His little lamb.

There! Look at the Bible story picture of Jesus with the children on His lap and standing around Him. Look at the picture of Jesus the Good Shepherd carrying the little lamb. Look at the picture of Him stretching out over the dangerous ravine to reach and save the little lamb that tumbled over the edge and is hanging there caught precariously in a thorn bush. Look at the picture on the wall of Jesus reaching out to protect small children crossing a bridge over a raging creek in a terrible storm. Listen again to the story, picture again the scene, of Jesus hanging on the cross, His arms outstretched, offering His salvation to any child who will say, "Dear Jesus..." 

I'm much older now, and I've spent many years trying to make it more complicated. But really, it isn't. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me again, dear Jesus. Simply. Again.

Yes, Jesus loves me. Nothing has changed. I guess I just got in the way, let other things get in the way. Forgot the pictures, or thought that I'm too mature and deep for them now.

But I'm back.

Dear Jesus. Thank You for loving me. I love You, too. Amen. :-)


Linda Roth said...

Do you know who owns the artwork on your site with the little girl in the pink dress sitting on Jesus' lap? with 2 other kids? I need to find out in order to see if I could have permission to use it. Thanks for any help you can give me!

Norma Hill - aka penandpapermama said...

Hello, Linda. I got the picture from: (picture 1211).
They offer a wide variety of free pictures for use as wallpaper etc.