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"LIKE A SMALL CHILD,"
Reflections on the Father's Love, by Ronald Ginther
From children, babes, I learned wisdom!
A great truth, truly, beyond knowing--
that God the Father, He has come
like any child, most helpless thing.
That manger scene has glazed our eyes,
made pretty, sweet, and even cute.
Wise men, barn without the flies,
without foul smells, does it compute?
We don't see how it really was,
terrors, wonders of this birth:
angels gasping, their applause
left poor shepherds face down on earth!
God came a child! That was a fact.
So helpless, crying, impotent,
thus God the Father's trumping act:
to win a world his Best he sent.
"You must become like a small child,"
the Father's Best said most plainly.
"Unless you're trusting, humble, mild,
Heaven's gate will close to thee."
Friend, have you marked the end of Christ?
A better scene, friend, was his dying--
while guards threw knucklebones and diced,
grown men turned babes, to God were crying!
One, we know, was Roman-bred,
Centurion, no less was he;
The other? A low thief, half-dead.
Yet both won Life eternally.
What pierced the armor round their hearts?
Perfect Lamb? or God Supreme?
True man, true God, complete, both parts?
No! God's total love spent to redeem.
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