READ : Mark 10:13-16
“Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might have the wish I wish tonight.” If only it was that easy! An area newspaper conducted a survey of school children asking how they felt about their neighborhoods and what they’d like to improve. The children had very imaginative solutions to their problems. As I read, I thanked God for the gift of imagination. One boy suggested that anyone carrying a weapon would turn into a giant Teddy Bear, outrageously priced and never sold. Not all were that whimsical. Some had concrete suggestions that we wish could be carried out.
We live in a sometimes fearful world. The survey showed that in different areas children’s fears differed, but most were fearful just as adults are. No matter where they lived, the closely linked concerns of safety and relationships loomed largest. In spite of very real dangers, children who were attached to consistently caring adults felt safer.
The church family must be committed to giving this sense of security to children, always keeping before them the security provided by our parent God’s continuous presence and care. How reassuring it is to be able to begin each day with Psalm 139:18, “When I awake, I am still with you.”
Father, help us to be open to our children’s fears (and our own) and to know that, no matter what happens to us, we are safely held in Jesus’ arms. In His name. Amen.