A couple of years ago I was at a professional development event of some kind and the presenter asked a question. He said, “Picture the tallest building in Iowa City. Imagine that your child is that high up, and in danger of falling. In order to save them, you must cross a narrow 20 foot beam in the sky. Would you do that to save your child?”
My answer was simple. I would do that to save any child. Wouldn’t we all? My faith in humanity has been waning for some time now. There are people who will steal your wedding gifts, people who will take your cell phone or your unattended spare change. There are people who will assault children. And there are people who could step in and help, but chose not to. The Penn State situation is hitting me pretty hard. I do not understand any person who does not take the care and love of ALL of our children as their responsibility when faced with the sight of abuse.
I am so thankful for my children, and for all of the children that I get to spend time with through my family, friends and the girl’s schools. Children are amazing creatures. Their innocence is an gift that gives us so much opportunity to know this world as God wants us to see it. Their joy is pure and genuine. Their anger and sadness is also pure and genuine. We owe it to God and to every person who has a vested interest in the kind of world that we live in to step in and care for those who need us, adults and children alike. Children need us, and we need them.
14 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”