Sacred Stories | Wisdom from a Child

“Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me… for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.’” – Luke 18:16

2020 was an unusual year with the COVID-19 pandemic, natural disasters, social unrest and political issues. It’s been difficult to find bright spots in the midst of the chaos.

I found a bright spot on a day when one of our medical assistants did a vision screening for a young patient, not yet five years old. Using a chart, the medical assistant pointed at pictures of familiar objects, one by one. In a soft voice, the little boy said what each object was.

When the medical assistant pointed at a picture of the moon, the boy said, “night.” When she pointed at a picture of a heart, he said, “love.”

This is a wonderful example to us all. The heart is more than a shape; it is love, compassion and caring. We all need a bit of childlike spirit in order to look for and find God’s love in the big things and the small – even a little picture of a heart.

Submitted by Davina Nolten, with assistance from Karen Frank

Questions for Reflection

In the midst of the challenges of work and life, how do you sustain your spirit, perhaps even in a “childlike” way?

Where have you seen the good, beautiful, or “bright spots” during the past year?

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