Posted by: morgan1965 | February 24, 2018

Let’s Listen To The Children!

The most precious gift that humanity has are the children. Jesus clearly understood the importance and the significance of the children. He greatly valued children. On at least one occasion, folk were bringing their children to him so that he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. The disciples erroneously thought that Jesus did not have time for such an activity with the children. Jesus, however, said: “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.” (Matthew 19:14)

On another day in the ministry of Jesus, the disciples informed Jesus that the people were hungry, but there was no food readily available in their rural setting. The disciples did find one young boy who had brought his lunch with him. Jesus took the fish and loaves of bread (the boy’s lunch) and prayed over them. The disciples then fed more than 5,000 people, with food left over. This boy was resourceful, and as far as we know, cooperative. He answered, yes, when queried about his food resources.

We have heard the proverb that has been used by adults to silence children. Proverb: “Children should be seen and not heard.” In 15th century religious culture, children were expected to remain silent unless an adult spoke to them or asked them to speak. The proverb suggests that children are naive, or uninformed about adult matters.

We live in a time and culture when and where it is essential that we listen to the children. They have a voice, opinions, fears, hopes and dreams. The poet, Arthur Vaso, wrote the poem, “Listen to the Children” (Posted on August 16, 2014). He says:

“We are all immigrants

We all have temporary residence here

This land is ours and theirs, yours and mine

We are humanity, stronger joined than apart

Never turn your back on a hungry child

You may be in the right

Lacking compassion

Makes you wrong

The disciples were scolded

Let the children come unto me he said

Life is filled with hardships, yes we all have suffered

So let your suffering hold some merit

Lay down your guns and loud voices

If only for the children

If you dance and celebrate for them

They shall lead you on to peace on earth

The Children’s Crusade of 1963 was a crucial event for the Civil Rights Movement. The demonstrations by the children opened the eyes of the nation and the world, because of the bold activism of the children and youth in Montgomery, Alabama. Although the children were treated harshly by the segregationists, their participation helped to turn the tide that led to certain gains in Montgomery and in the Civil Rights Movement.

The children (Youth) from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida are speaking (2018). Students across the country are speaking. They are speaking out against gun violence. They are speaking out against the assault rifle. They want more than our thoughts and prayers.

Listen to the children.

They are speaking out for life; yes, an opportunity to prepare for living life without fear of being killed at school.

Listen to the children.

The children are saying:

“We are the world,

We are the children

We are the ones who make a brighter day

So, let’s start giving

There’s a choice we’re making

We’re saving our own lives

It’s true we’ll make a better day

Just you and me. (Michael Jackson & Lionel Richie)

Think about it!

 

 

 

 

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