But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
I had my Sunday school children do one exercise this Sunday; I asked them to write their views on God. I wanted to know what is the first thought that comes to their mind when they hear the word God. Here is what I got from them:
"God is so nice that when I was not felling nice. God is so great that he help in my studies. And If we want anything he gives us. God loves all even he love our parents. But whenever I use to get angry he tells me to sing song." -Jennifer
"I like God. I have a lot of love for Him. When we go to church, pastor tells us about God." -Kajol
"God is so great that he help in our studies. And he gives what we want it." -Simran
"God is so good. God is so great. God loves us all. He protects us all. He gives us whatever we want."-Joyce
"God loves children very much. God listens to the prayers of the children." -Preeti
"I think about God that whenever I get hurt and I pray to God, the next day my pain disappear. I pray to God everyday. God is good. I trust in God." -Kamlesh
"God help me for the exam to pas for end exam for all help to other exam for other to pas for other final exam to the helps to us help helping me." -Jai
(He wants God to help him in his exam and help others help him in his examâ║)
"God help you yours when we are in trouble and when we are sad." -Sandesh
"When I hear the word God I think that He is merciful God. I think Lord is the most merciful God. Because He has protected me thus far. God sent His only begotten son, Jesus Christ, on earth to wash our sins. And He sacrificed himself on the cross and washed our sins with His blood. I thank God for this." -Joseph, 12.
"I think God should give me more comprehensible knowledge and that I should understand well that is taught in school. It should help me in my exam and God should brighten my future. God should help in my school life. God should give me strength and energy. God is a mighty God. I praise the Lord, Jesus Christ, that in my exams God help me and give me many marks to pass. I pray at the feet of God. At the feet of Lord Jesus I pray." -Joel
(Another school Hero ... actually their finals are about to start...)
All these kids are aged 4-13. I was amazed to read their thoughts over God. They have written very small and simple sentences, which hold a lot of meaning.
There was another chap, around four, who came to me the other day and said that he fell while playing with his brother and got hurt. He then prayed that night and in the morning the wound was healed. He showed me his knee where he was hurt and he was very excited to tell me that it didn't hurt anymore for God had answered his prayer.
Isn't it awesome? The thoughts are so innocent-love, hope, trust, patience, understanding, expectation, etc. Many say that children learn from their parents, but I guess it is time for us to learn from our kids.
Indeed, unless we become like one of them we cannot enter the kingdom of God.
__Joyce, it's been a while. I haven't heard from you this year, but I know God is caring for you even if you are no longer among those on Earth.__ "Children's view over God" *Super: 'Small and simple sentences which hold a lot of meaning' best describes this piece. I should thank the children as well; such honesty and faith in God, despite all the wrestling with Him we adults do. It makes sense that God gushes over this kind of trust as illustrated when you tell of the boy whose knee wound was healed after he prayed about it. The rational person is inclined to doubt this immediately, but don't we always do that? Why not trust in the irrational one?
*Natural: Children are also very sloppy, heh-heh. I understood most of their statements and you added a note in parenthesis to those that made no sense. I still do not fully understand Joel's, nor the remark you made about it, 'Another school Hero.' Hero? Hero in what way? Perhaps that should have been worded differently. **And what about the fourth statement, from Joyce? I'm curious, was that from you? I would assume not since this is piece focuses on children, but if it is then you might want to make an edit and place that statement at the end or beginning and then mention that this statement is from you as the Sunday School Teacher.
__'I guess it is time for us to learn from our kids,' a good thought. Paul said that when he became an adult he put away the ways of a child, and Jesus says that unless we become like a child we cannot enter the kingdom of heaven. Both are equally true, and this piece reminds us to balance Paul's statement with Jesus' which we are sloppy at doing, but we must continue to persevere and thus mature. Thank you Joyce for sharing this truth from your life.__