And Philip said, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." And he replied, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." (Acts 8:37 NRSV)
Sue Monk Kidd was pregnant with her second child. Her three-year-old son, Bob, was afraid of the dark. Sue tried everything. She tried leaving a light on in the hall and a night-light on in Bob's room. Nothing she did helped; he was still scared of the dark and would cry out in the middle of the night. One night as she held him against her to comfort him, he touched her round abdomen. Little Bob asked, "Mama, is it dark inside there where my little brother is?" He was convinced that his yet unborn sister would be a boy.

"Yes," his loving mother replied, "it's dark in there."
As Bob thought further he asked, "He doesn't even have a night-light, does he?"
"No," Sue responded, "not even a night-light."

Then Bob hugged his mother as she patted his head. Bob had one more question for this mother that night, "Do you think my brother is scared all by himself in there?"

"I don't think so," Sue explained, "because he's not really alone. He's inside of me," It was a very special moment between mother and son. Suddenly Sue had an inspiration. "And it's the same way with you." Sue explained to her son. "When it's dark and you think you're all by yourself, you really aren't. I carry you inside me too. Right here in my heart." That was the last time he woke up during the night scared.

We also should never be scared, because we belong to the heart of God.

Loving God, bring me close to your heart, as I draw Christ closer to mine. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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