Thursday, December 16
Through the Eyes of a Child
The mind of a child simply amazes me. Children see more than we think. They hear more than we know. They wonder. They assimilate. Slowly but surely they seek to make sense of the world in which they live.
We all know the adage that "it takes a village to rear a child." Marva Mitchell has written a book entitled It Takes a Church to Raise a Village. While children can, and do, grow up without the influence of the church, as Christians we would affirm that it is within the Christian church and in Christian homes that children are most likely to learn about God and come to accept Jesus as their personal Savior.
For many children, especially those who grow up in the church, the process of a personal encounter with and commitment to Jesus as Lord and Savior is a gradual one. Through the love and security offered by nursery workers, the Bible stories and music of Sunday School, Vacation Bible School, and Wednesday evening programs, children learn about Jesus and begin to see him in the Christians around them.
Jeremiah Tudor was about four when he asked his telling question. His mother and I were talking following a Sunday morning worship service. I sang in the church choir and was still wearing my white choir robe when Jeremiah tugged on his mother's arm and asked her if I were God. "No," she replied, "that's Carolyn."
Am I God? Of course not! Do others see Jesus in me? I pray that they do.
May our Advent prayer be that when children look at us in search of God, our lives will so reflect the love of the Christ we serve, that they will see and understand.
"...unless you change, and become like children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
- Carolyn Hale Cubbedge
God, thank you for giving me the ability to sing praises to you. Please help everybody else sing praises to you. Amen.
- Wilson Johnson