THE CENTRALITY OF CHILDREN


In the drive-thru lane at Tim Horton’s, I noticed a grandmother coming out of the coffee shop with a four-year-old girl, likely her grand-daughter. I had Bijou (my fur child grand-daughter) on the seat next to me. It wasn’t that long ago that it would have been Karli, Jesse or Levi (or a combination thereof) with me wanting Ice Cappuccinos or chocolate milk and donuts.

When you have young children or grandchildren, they may occupy the center of your life. Family connectedness at its best is inter-generational and provides a clan identity that celebrates each new addition and cares for the most vulnerable whether an infant or an old grandparent losing their strength.

Christian counselor Dick DeGraaf says that life consists of two journeys. One is the journey of independence we take to leave home. The second is the journey to go back home. We are all on one of those journeys.

The family is a picture that helps us understand what God’s Kingdom looks like.


Mark 10:
13-16 The people brought children to Jesus, hoping he might touch them. The disciples shooed them off. But Jesus was irate and let them know it: “Don’t push these children away. Don’t ever get between them and me. These children are at the very center of life in the kingdom. Mark this: Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in.” Then, gathering the children up in his arms, he laid his hands of blessing on them.  (The Message)


Jesus has a soft spot in His heart for all sizes and ages of children.  The question is, “Do you?”



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