Thursday, May 27, 2021



Dear All of Us,


How absolute are they?

Conservatives insist on them

but fudge some and some more.

Liberals run for the doors

at the mere mention,

yet are darn absolute

about their relativities. 

Both are likely 

to absolutely challenge 

the above.

So, what do we do?

I'm not 

       Kidding Around

about absolutes, 

but Jesus sure is.

Check him out about how to be 

absolutely counted in on

The Eternal Real Deal,

the kingdom of God:


  The people brought children to Jesus,

  hoping he might touch them.

  The disciples shooed them off.

  But Jesus was irate

  and let them know it.

  "Don't push these children away.

  Don't ever get between them and me.

  These children are at the very center

  of life in the kingdom.

  Mark this: Unless you accept 

  God's kingdom 

  in the simplicity of a child,

  you'll never get in."

  Then gathering the children up 

  in his arms,

  he laid his hands of blessing on them. (1)

Jesus isn't kidding around 

about the absolute need of

      Kidding Around

        Kids get it.

       We need to.

There is absolutely

only one flight right

getting us to 

God's kingdom.

"God's kingdom" 

is Jesus talk for 

   living together 

    real, right 

    and forever,

    centered in 

    God's Love.

It's the whole life plan 

Jesus lived, taught, offered 

and for which he died.

You know,

we can go like all blazes.

Most of us do.

But if we are buzzing along

in the wrong direction,

we crash into nothingness.

Jesus absolutely insists on 

the only right direction in life, 

to life in the kingdom of God:

    "Unless you accept 

     God's kingdom

     in the simplicity of a child,

     you'll never get in."

Keep it simple.

Simply be like a kid:

                Go with it.

                Go for it.

                Get gotten.

This is classic Jesus.

He's forever

flipping the tables 

of conventional 

short sightedness and


those of the money changers 

in the Temple, 

but way more:   

  - the first shall be last

    and the last shall be first

  - the greatest is the servant of all

  - love your enemies

  - do good to those who persecute you

  - he spent a noon time  

    at the well

    alone with a woman 

    (an absolute religious/social 

    "No No" in his time),

    a woman of ill repute, 

    and helped her get sorted 

    out right and real

  - he partied with publicans 

    and "sinners"

    (another absolute religious/social 

     "No No" in his time)

  - he didn't distances from lepers

    (yet another "No No" that 

     he flipped 

     to a "Yes Yes"),

    but connected with them

    so they could be refreshed,

    clean and whole

  - he "cure cared" to heal 

    hurts of mind and body

  - he didn't hang out much

    with the top brass 

    or the top bananas,

    but lived a preferential option 

    for the poor and overlooked.

Jesus offers and shares 

the kingdom of God.

Accepting it means a flip,

an absolute redirect and reversal 

of accepted/preferred 

persuasion and practice.

To do that we need 

to grow up to be kids!!

So, a moment or more 

with Jesus and his 

absolute requirement

to get into the kingdom of God:

  - his helpers miscalculated, 

    misdirected - they shooed off 

    the kids - kids only counted 

    in that society when 

    they survived to be useful adults

    (when they weren't kids anymore)

  - Jesus figures and values 

    all the way other,

    the "no counts" simply count 

    for more than a lot,

    they're at the center of 

    The Center

 - Jesus was ticked big time

   and let his helpers know it

 - Jesus told them

   to never ever put a wedge 

   between him and the kids 

   and that kids are 

   at the very center

   of the kingdom of God,

 - Jesus completed the flip

   insisting on an absolute

   unless you accept 

   the kingdom of God 

   in the simplicity of a child

    you'll never make grade,

   never get in

   (that's a HELL of an alternative!!)

 - then Jesus hugs and blesses the kids.

Hey, that sure as heaven is

one powerful, for real

       Kidding Around

From where we are and as we live,

it may seem a "flip"

but our spiritual life really is 

as absolutely simple as

   Kidding Around

So, in case we have forgotten,

how do we simply kid around?

What can we learn from 

those Jesus loved little experts?

Kids instinctively accept 

      good things.

They just don't push 

the pause button, 

calculating possibilities. 

Check out 

a newborn nursing,

a five year old learning 

to ride a bike,

a child's chance to go 

to Baskin Robbins,

a hug from Grandma,

They don't create it.

They don't earn it.

They don't refashion it.

They simply and happily 

accept it,

right away and completely.

They go with it.

Kids are "all in" 

on the here and the now.

They are present to the present

and what is offered.

They get absorbed in it.

They are not partial, tentative, 

or split about it 

as we older ones can be, 

say like being on the phone, 

watching TV, cooking supper, 

and having a glass of wine

all at the same time.

Everywhere is nowhere.

Split attention 

misses the moment.  

Not so for those kid experts.

When kids play tag

it's 100% tag.

For kids it's simply and happily 

"all in" right here, right now.

Kids are enthusiastic.

Life isn't a problem 

to figure out, 

a story to rewrite,

a prize to win.

It's an experience

to embrace 

and that with gusto.

Check out a kid 

on the water slide 

at the local pool.

We'll see more than 

a splash of enthusiasm.

Our spiritual life

means getting in on 

the real deal  -

the kingdom of God,

to accept it 

in the simplicity of a child:

    - to simply and happily

      flat out accept it

      so completely so that 

      we live it

    - to simply be "all in"

      right here, right now -

      absorption - nothing "sort of,"

      no partial anything about it

    - to simply go at it 

      with gusto and enthusiasm -

      completely energized 

      and engaged

To make grade, to get in on it,

we absolutely need to do some 

real time

         Kidding Around

So, come on.

Let's head over to 

the pool and see how 

the experts do it.

      In God's Dear Love,

           John Frank


(1) Mark 10: 13-16 

The Message Translation


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for sure

Kidding Around!!