“Amen I say to you, unless you turn and become like a child, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven.” Matt 18:1-5

“This Little Light of Mine,” favorite old spiritual, reminds me to hear Christ say that I must have the faith of a child to be at home with Him. What a relief to know that He is not demanding from me all sorts of rigorous spiritual exercises, deep understanding and study of dogma or a PhD in religious studies. But to “turn back” and become child-like is asking me to sluff off the layers of disguises and camoflage that my fragile ego has accrued as I have grown up. Am I willing to be that naked before my God? To shed the mask of self sufficiency, false confidence and intellectual superiority and approach my creator as a child does her loving Mother; open, honest, raw and unafraid? It is hard to hug a know-it-all or the proud man with crossed arms. When I let my little light shine with your light then together our flames shine bright and true.