Arms Wide Open

Arms Wide Open

Flooding my mind this morning is a memory from years past. It was a Sunday at Celebration Church at the Anderson Mill campus and they needed help with the little ones. My dear friend Pamela was the lead teacher in that room. She had the children sit cross-cross, quietly for prayer time. Being a good listener I followed suit. Into the prayer with eyes slightly opened I took a peek to ensure all the children were following directions too. Taking a quick pan of the room I was taken aback. Tears filled my eyes, my heart stolen, captured by one precious little girl. You see, all the other children had their sweet heads bowed, hands clasped in earnest prayer, all except one. With great expectation, her precious eyes were shut ever so tightly, her little blonde head tilted back, face pointed toward heaven, arms stretched strong as far as the east is from the west. Oh, how I am so glad I peeked. Sweet Ady knows and loves Jesus. I knew then like I know today exactly where she learned her great love from, her parents who love Jesus.

Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

Whoever then humbles himself as this child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.   Matthew 18:4

Just a few short years later sweet Ady, her sister, brothers and mommy would lose Craig to cancer. December 4, 2013 Craig was eternally promoted to heaven and now sits at the feet of Jesus.

I have not walked one step in April’s shoes but can only imagine the monumental task to carryon all the responsibilities without the love of your life, your husband. April and Craig created a firm foundation in Christ. They modeled their great love of the Lord to their children and in that a powerful, undeniable and lasting legacy they instilled and April continues to instill in their children. There is a mighty call on their lives. They are made stronger through Christ and they will change lives and generations to come. April and her children are surrounded by a strong, faithful community of family, friends and church. Most of all, they have the great love of Jesus. They glorify Him even and especially through their greatest trial.

Whoever speaks, is to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.  1 Peter 4:11

My mind was unexpectedly captivated today. Humbled and grateful for the priceless images of sweet Ady. I just can’t help myself. I am compelled and want to show God that kind of everlasting love too. I want to show my King Jesus how far my arms are outstretched and my face is pointed toward heaven in complete and in total love with Him. I want to show Him minute by minute how much I love and worship Him just as Ady does. Oh how I know I am not alone.

When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  Mark 10:14-15

Let’s encourage each other to begin and end each day with eyes shut tightly. arms stretched strong as far as the east is from the west, tilt our heads back with our faces expectantly pointed toward heaven. He will meet us there, with every breath and in every moment.

He is waiting.


Photo credit: Robert W. Demosy

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