No one was more of a champion of kids than Jesus who said no one should hinder children from coming to him (Mark 10:14), who valued their praise (Matthew 21:16), and who wanted his followers to be like them (Mark 10:15).
A favorite passage of mine is Mark 9:36-37: “Then he took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me.’”
When we are willing to turn our full attention to children, we give them a chance to wear the glory of their selfhood, and in turn, their presence offers grace in our lives.
This message is an excerpt from “Being Aunt Rose” by Karen Craigo in the May 2019 issue of Gather magazine. Today we remember Dominic, founder of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), who died in 1221. Please pray for voting members making decisions at the churchwide assembly in Milwaukee this week.
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