What I know right now is that there are no five year olds reading this post. That’s not what five year olds do. They don’t read blogs…they stare in wonder at frogs, but they don’t read blogs. They watch garbage trucks drive by and imagine themselves commanding that awesome piece of machinery and they stand transfixed as a butterfly flutters past them. Never mind that people don’t usually think of garbage collection as a career goal, and most people are way too busy to watch a butterfly….kids don’t care. Sometimes, the huge rift between a child’s priorities and an adult’s can cause an adult to minimize the importance of a child’s contribution to community…but is that the right frame of mind to have?
Our passage in Luke 18:15-17 is the classic account of Jesus making time for children. It’s an account that appears in the three synoptic gospels, and it’s repetition does seem to carry a bit of weight. Kids are important. It really does say so. Obviously, Jesus is using this event to make his “bigger picture” point in v17…but his actions tell us something as well, don’t they?
What do you see as the lessons of this passage? It’s not very long…but it’s message is deep. How do we “bring” the children to Jesus? What does child-like faith look like to you? Hope to see you Sunday as we discuss this wonderful story!