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'Little Child'

St. Francis Xavier

The calf and the young lion shall browse together,
with a little child to guide them.

- Isaiah 11:6

As winter approaches, I remember a springtime mountain walk with my son. Life was just beginning to bud everywhere: crocuses peeking out from the ground, dozens of tiny grasshoppers emerging from a knothole in a bench, and a lizard, bright green under pieces of dull grey skin, was in the process of shedding.

I thought about how the Creator gives his creatures the instincts they need to flourish. He gives us what we need to flourish as well, but with a difference: we can say yes or no to him. We're not driven solely by instinct. We can be open to new life--or closed to it. We can shed old, limiting habits--or cling to them.

What a gift freedom is, the gift to live lovingly and grace-filled ways in what we might have thought were impossible, unworkable circumstances before. Because, of course, we have a little child to lead us there.

Jesus, guide me toward a life of love for all.

- Amy Welborn
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Amy, thank you for your devotion.

The innocence of a child is pure, honest, simple and loving, it does not know evil nor sin.

Lord, with the gift of freedom that you have given us, let us say "yes" to you and to choose to believe, trust and follow you with the innocence of a child. Let us all love one another as you have commanded us to do. Amen.

God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers for all.
Tillie | Posted on: 2019-12-03 16:49:52
Ana | Posted on: 2019-12-03 12:06:00
Good morning Living Faith Family. I wanted to write and express my gratitude to Salina. She mentioned BSF in one of her comments. I joined BSF in September. I am reaping many blessings from the study of the Acts of the Apostles. I pray everyone has a blessed Advent. I am extremely blessed by the daily readings and comments. Thank you everyone!
Colleen | Posted on: 2019-12-03 11:49:34
Colleen, welcome to BSF, best sisters forever :-) Studying God’s Word will never come back void!
Salina | Posted on:: 2019-12-03 23:05:15
Per yesterday's comment on Fr. Rohr. I have read much of his writing and listened to some of his lectures on Youtube. The best part......I don't have to, nor do I, agree with evertyhing he says. He instills in me a desire to think, pushing me forward to learn more. It is imperative that we always listen to those we do not agree with along side the ones we do.
rsl | Posted on: 2019-12-03 11:33:57
Yes thank you. There is preacher I occasionally listen to or read a devotional from who is very positive which helps me or has really spoken something to me at just the right time yet I don't always agree with all of his teaching or stance so I understand. It was just a cautionary word or concern. For me the litmus test is how it tests against the the scriptures. Blessings.
Ellen | Posted on:: 2019-12-03 21:53:14
Amen! Thank you Holy Father for this beautiful day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, a sinner. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen
A sinner | Posted on: 2019-12-03 10:05:26
Bless the living faith family. Let us see the world through the eyes of the children. Ken
Kjc | Posted on: 2019-12-03 09:14:52
Amen. :)
freeter | Posted on: 2019-12-03 08:45:08
Amy, thank you for your message today.

Advent is a great time to reflect if we are living the way our creator would like for us to live our lives.

A great time to repent for past mistakes and create a new birth within all of us, that would make our creator smile ear to ear.

We are given the right to choose good over evil and the grace of mercy, the sacrament of reconciliation when we fall short.

Ask yourself today, do I believe or do I not believe, then ask yourself how can I begin being a better version of myself this advent season, the season our our Lord's birth.

Jesus came into the world for us, given to us by our Father, who loves us unconditionally.

Blessed are we who believe, blessed are the ones who can notice the wrong and come to him with arms and heart open wide.

Prayers for all of our Living Faith Family, from way over on the other side of the world.

Tim | Posted on: 2019-12-03 07:05:04
Thank you for this great reflection! Amen
Lia | Posted on:: 2019-12-03 07:19:03
Tim safe trip home. Living faith family I have just seen the hand of the Lord paint the most amazing landscape the trees and shrubs were sparkling white with snow. Thank you God Ken
Kjc | Posted on:: 2019-12-03 10:48:48
Beautifully put Amy, we have the power of choice and a wonderful selfless guide to show the way. It’s a simple and effective formula, our part is to make the correct choices. On the occasions when we don’t make the right decision we are infinitely offered forgiveness and the opportunity to get back on track. Alleluia.
Patrick | Posted on: 2019-12-03 05:15:59
Amen alleluia!
GL1951 | Posted on:: 2019-12-03 11:04:13
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