‘But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’ Matthew 19:14 KJV
There are many things that trouble me in life…but the suffering of children…is among the most painful and confusing.
Often I watch the commercials for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I see the brave faces of the precious children who are battling various forms of cancer. Their courage and hope in the face of adversity…is inspirational!
Last evening I was watching a news segment regarding the Syrian refugees and their suffering and the children who have been maimed and slaughtered and frightened in a manner that most of us will never experience.
Those people that work with sick children and frightened and displaced children…are angels unawares!
Children are trusting and forgiving and without prejudice. They believe that others will treat them fairly and that everything will turn out alright.
‘I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.’ Martin Luther King
‘There is nothing more frightful than ignorance in action.’ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
‘It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.’ Audre Lorde, Our Dead Being Us: Poems
‘I know you despise me; allow me to say, it is because you do not understand me.’ Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
Perhaps we all can try to remember what it was like to be a trusting child…and see the other members of the human family as people that we want to know and understand and play with?
Would it not be wonderful to dedicate all of the money and effort that is spent in the trillions of dollars of War Making…to the healing and feeding and clothing and safety of our most guileless citizens…our children?