So a few weeks ago I had this thank you party and I received this pile of thank you cards. It was pretty obvious which cards had been made before hand and which cards had been done that morning as a Sunday School assignment. There was also an entire group of cards that contained the exact same handwriting. I love preschoolers – and their teachers!
Thank you for being nice to all the nice kids.
Had I? Had I been nice to the nice kids? Had I been nice to all the nice kids? Had I only been nice to the nice kids? Was this author a nice kid? Or not? ‘Cause let’s face it, this card can be taken a multitude of ways.
Wow. I’m thinking of this card today when I’m thinking over the story of Jesus and the Children.
And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them. Mark 10:13
Do you think that they were just bringing nice children?
Or, do you think that maybe some of them were bringing strong-willed children? Angry children? Sad children? Sick, snotty nosed children? Skinned knees, bleeding children?
Do you think that they were all bringing children small enough to be carried or do you think that some of them were pulling a few along? Do you think that all the children were coming joyfully? Or, do you think that just maybe some of those children – like the ones in the infamous Santa photos that you love – were being a bit uncooperative?
Heck, do you think Jesus was even seated like Santa usually is?
Our visions of these well known beloved Bible stories are often corrupted by common images.
You know the one I’m talking about here. I’m thinking of the one where clean shaven, very white Jesus is seated on a stump – the only stump sticking up from the ground in that field – and children are on his lap and by his side – all smiling, well dressed white children.
Say it wasn’t so.
No, it wasn’t so.
And I think in more ways than one. Because I think that some of the children brought to Jesus were not just browner and dirtier than typically pictured, I think that some of the children were of the not “nice kid” kind.
It does, you know, say that those bringing them were rebuked.
But there are a few things that we can be sure of when we read the account.
- Someone thought that each one of those children would benefit from a touch from Jesus.
- And Jesus did not disappoint.
I wonder if the blessing was immediately obvious or if it was only evident inside or over time?
I must confess to sometimes having crossed myself at the communion rail because I, too, wanted the blessing of a touched head and audible voice.
As you share this story of Jesus and the Children this week, I wonder if these things might be true for you –
- Do you believe that a touch from Jesus blesses?
- Are you brave enough to bring both the nice and the not nice children to him?
HE DOES NOT DISAPPOINT.