“At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’ And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” ‒ Matthew 18:1-3 (ESV)
I love hanging out with kids—babies, toddlers, tweens, teens, and young adults. Ok, the tweens and teens may not love hanging with me, but they usually indulge me when I don’t press it much beyond “Hey!” or make eye contact and nod.
For a really long time, the happiest hours of my week were spent with SCC preschoolers (until it regularly required five hours to recover from a Sunday morning session). In the early years, I spent hours prepping for their classes augmented by frequent trips to Michael’s for craft supplies because a busy three-year-old is less likely to scream.
But then, the Orange curriculum arrived and life changed forever (shoutout to Steve Kane who found it and the current leaders who still use it)! All the activities are fun (!) and based on three straightforward points: God made me. God loves me. Jesus wants to be my friend forever.
These three sentences take me back to the basics. What if we used them as the foundation for our “big church” prayers? Today, try praying like a little child.
- Cheryl Collins