Do you ever get into trouble for putting your foot in it? Do you ever ask awkward questions? Children are renowned for it. They ask questions like “Why is that lady so fat?”
Encourage and welcome children into the centre of his circle.Jesus Christ
They also have vivid imaginations and infinite curiosity. One of mine had a three-wheeler tricycle that apparently was quite capable of taking on farm trucks, fortunately that theory wasn’t put to the test.
Jesus did lots of things people in his day didn’t like very much. One of them was to encourage and welcome children into the centre of his circle, warning his followers that they needed to do likewise.
Today there are nearly 20,000 children in the NSW foster care system. While the call goes out for many others to welcome these children into their homes, we need to also ask ourselves where we have lost the plot as a community.
It is perhaps as author Tim Winton has said on a 2015 ‘Love makes a way’ poster: “I fear that we have devalued the currency of mercy. Children have asked for bread and we gave them stones. So turn back, I beg you. For the children’s sake. For the sake of this nation’s spirit”.