Jesus Blesses the Children

“One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus
so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this,
they scolded the parents for bothering him.
Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples,
“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them!
For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children.
I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God
like a child will never enter it.” Luke 18:15-17

Like the disciples, sometimes we grownups feel bothered by little children. They’re cranky, messy, hungry, noisy, and poopy. Maybe life would just be easier if everyone acted like adults.

But Jesus blessed the little children and said if we want to enter the Kingdom of God, we need to become one of them.

When did we decide that being a child was all wrong and we needed to grow up—anyway? Children are also joyful, hopeful, trusting. They see life from an untainted perspective. The average child smiles 400 times a day. But adults smile only about 20 times a day. When did we decide we’re too grownup to be happy?

We have a choice: we can live inside our self-made adult identities and hide behind the pretenses that make us feel secure. We can protect ourselves from letting other see us for who we are.

To live in that world, we have to dull our senses and control our ever-shrinking world so we have predictable, manageable outcomes.

Or, we can open our senses to the excitement in the real world. Experience the joys, hope, and wonders of life and choose to accept that behind our illusions of each other, we’re all still sometimes cranky, messy, hungry, noisy, and poopy.