At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, 
“Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

2 He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. 
3 And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, 
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 
4 Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child 
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 
5 And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

6 “If anyone causes one of these little ones - those who believe in me - to stumble, 
it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck 
and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. 
7 Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! 
Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! (Matthew 18: 1-5)


And the United States government says:
“Put the separated children in the custody of government contractors that have been accused 
of abusing children and over-prescribing psychotropic drugs.”

And the United States government says this is okay: 
“Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait away from their parents 
in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. 
Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets,”

And the followers of Jesus say . . . . . . ?
Peace and Grace,

Neil "Sandy" Sweet, Jr.

Memorial United Methodist Church

TAct 40: The Now and the Not Yet by Guvna B
The Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday is a strange place. But it's where lots of us live our lives – caught between mourning and moving on, between pain and joy, grieving different losses than death alone. If you look, you'll find many around you in a place like that. Offer more than a half-hearted hug today. Help people encounter generosity in places of deep pain.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full (John 10:10)

You don’t have to own a car to be kind.
You don’t have to own a house to be kind.
You don’t need money to be kind.
You don’t need to be learned to be kind.
You don’t need to be intelligent to be kind.
You only need to do it to be kind.

Jesus said, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Peace and Grace,
Neil "Sandy" Sweet, Jr.

The reign of God is like a mustard seed, 
         which, when sown upon the ground, 
         is the smallest of all the seeds on earth;
         yet when it is sown it grows up 
         and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, 
         and puts forth large branches, 
         so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.
                  —Mark 4.30-32

You are a tiny speck of God's infinite love.
When you let yourself be sown into this world,
given to low places, 
what seems tiny unfolds,
miraculously multiplied
because it is God,
and becomes great,
a cedar of Lebanon, a mighty oak of love,
a safe refuge for the weary,
a source of life and comfort for the meek,
a welcome home for God's little ones. 

We only see the seed,
but the unfolding awaits. (Steve Garnaas-Holmes)
source: Unfolding Light, July 16, 2018

Peace and Grace,
Neil "Sandy" Sweet, Jr.