“Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Mark 10:15 (The Message Bible)
If you’ve never spent time with a preschool child, you may not understand the profoundness of the statement Jesus made to the people of Judea who had gathered to hear him teach. My two grandsons (age four and two) teach me something new about life every time I see them. I didn’t learn from my own children nearly as much, because I was too busy being an adult and a mommy.
During my last visit to New Jersey, four-year old Nate asked, “How did they get the cross on top the staple? It took me awhile to figure out that he meant “steeple.” His brain is absorbing language at a rate far beyond my ability these days. It wasn’t the choice of words that amazed me, but that fact that he is wondering…something that will shape him as an adult.
It is heart breaking to see a child ignored by their parents or caregivers. Jesus was right, as he gathered little children into his arms and blessed them. Children are the future. Without their “wonder” religion as we know it today, might not survive.
Thank you, Lord, for little children. Let me be more like them to the wonders of this world. Amen.