There is nothing quite like having a 2-year-old in a room full of adults who are all quiet. It may be at a wedding, a funeral or a concert. You try every trick in the book to keep them quiet. Colouring in, food and in recent times maybe even a device. I have a theory that our kids are smarter than we think. Even from a young age they can perceive the level of embarrassment we feel and use this threat of embarrassment to get what they want.
For many of us Church has been one of those places that kids need to be quiet and respectful. Sure, we don’t want our times together to be so chaotic that we don’t engage in any meaningful way, but if this means that our kids are disregarded and told to keep quiet and stay out of it, we are way of course.
Kids are people and have the ability to connect with God. In fact, Jesus says in Mark 10 that there is a way that they connect with God that we (adults) should imitate.
People were bringing little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on 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. Truly I tell you, 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, placed his hands on them and blessed them.
Children are not only able to connect with God for themselves, they can teach us how to do it better. I think that this has something to do with simply believing God at His word and getting rid of all the layers and layers of baggage we often bring to our relationship with God.
The church is so much richer for having kids as part of it. There is so much more life and freedom and joy.
What could you learn from a child today?
How is God calling you to come to Him like a child today?