Like Little Children

August 2013

Last week we got word of a fantastic fundraiser that was held to benefit CARE for AIDS.  Two adorable children spent two days selling necklaces during lunch and raised over $500 to help our clients in Kenya. Below is a photo of them in action;

Seeing generosity always gives me a proud, warm, connected feeling, but when it comes from children, I completely melt.  It is stories like this that put into perspective wheat Jesus meant when he spoke of humbling ourselves to become like children.

“He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven…

“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.  When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.  I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”  And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them…”

Not only does the innocence of children strike me, but the pure generosity and uncomplicated acceptance of what it means to be a neighbor makes me put everything in perspective.  What does it mean to receive the Kingdom of God like a little child?  I think what these two did last week is a great example.  Receiving the Kingdom of Heaven like a little child means understanding that we are our brothers’ keeper, and that everyone is our brother and sister.