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Complicated Simplicity

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prayer is child's play

Why do humans love to complicate something that is child's play?

The following joke I heard when I was in university, told by a Jesuit priest who was my professor. I laughed so hard that I never forgot it. For me it sums up what is wrong in our Western main line churches because they tend to intellectualize the gospel. Theology and doctrine or a better word would be sophistry, replaces spirituality and a basic love relationship with God.

Jesus was walking along the Sea of Galilee when He turned to Simon Peter and asked,
"Who do you say that I am?"
Simon Peter answered,
" Why you are the Christ, the Son of the Living God."
And Jesus was pleased with his answer.

And so Jesus turns to the modern-day theologian and asks,
"Who do you say that I am?"
And the modern-day theologian says,
" Why you are the *eschatological manifestation in the ground of our being, The *Kerygma which finds its fulfilment in interpersonal relationships."
And Jesus responds,
"What?"

*escatalogical-a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind.

*kerygma-basic salvation message

No wonder Jesus says,

'Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'

Matthew 19:14

And in even stronger terms,

"I assure you," He said, "unless you are converted and become like children, you will ...and become like little children, you will never get into the kingdom from heaven..." Matthew 18:4

A relationship to the living God is child's play. Listen to this exchange between two of my young children:

Five-year old David suddenly sat straight up in bed, popped his eyes open and yelled excitedly,

"Someone just called my name. I think it was God!"

Emily took her thumb out of her mouth and lisped,

"Who is God?"

I turned my head to look at her and smiled, "You know, God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Emily was still puzzled,

"You mean the priest at church?"

"No", I responded, "The God that fills the whole universe."

Emily took her thumb out of her mouth and said very dismissively,

"Oh, Himmm. I know Himmm."

Then she closed her eyes and stuck her thumb back in her mouth.

Discussion closed.

I barely held in my laughter. This little squirt took for granted her close relationship with the Living God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God is close to babies and little children. His relationship with them is not complicated, as natural as breathing. They are simply His children; He loves them and they reflect love back.



About the Writer

My husband and I raised 9 children on a hobby farm and discovered fulfilment and joy.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.
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By Barbara MacDonald on February 23, 2013 at 04:44 pm

PERFECT ...I LOVE THIS MELANIE...I could not agree more...it brought a tear to my eyes with the simplicity and truth of it. Is interesting the title... made me stop and think again how much we think alike...I use to say I was simple but complicated...is what I had on my profile at Yahoo 360 years ago...the simple is the child in me which still lives and is the best part of my soul...the complicated is all the "worldly issues " which can make us insane if we let them. I refuse to ever grow up... lol even though I am getting old as dirt now...Lol.

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By melanie jean juneau on February 23, 2013 at 04:49 pm

Now that IS a coincidence- simple and complicated, eh? My inner child is alive and well just like yours and dancing in the light. At the same time my mind can deal with intellectual complications

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By Barbara MacDonald on February 23, 2013 at 05:13 pm

Yes, I agree and see that in you Melanie...life is amazing and I too am dancing with the joy of a child...At this point in my life there really is not much which can interfer with my peace of mind.

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By HomeRearedChef on February 27, 2013 at 04:51 pm

I LOVE the warm conversation you had with your daughter. :)

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By melanie jean juneau on February 27, 2013 at 04:58 pm

she was and still is a character

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By melanie jean juneau on February 27, 2013 at 04:58 pm

she was and still is a character

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By melanie jean juneau on February 27, 2013 at 04:59 pm

she was and still is a character

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By Anila88 on July 25, 2014 at 04:28 am

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