Become As A Child!

Become as A Child!

“Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me, but the one who sent me.” Mark 9:37

“It is by grace that you have been saved, through faith; not by anything of your own, but by a gift from God; not by anything that you have done, so that nobody can claim the credit. We are God’s work of art, created in Christ Jesus for the good works which God has already designated to make up our way of life.” Ephesians 2:8-10

Jesus has a tenderness for children, and in every adult there is an inner child: vulnerable, sensitive, playful, open. Before the world cast its film of familiarity, boredom, and cynicism the child in us was full of wonder.  It is only through wonder that we can experience the glory of God.

It is only through that wonder that we can laugh at ourselves, see ourselves as vulnerable, afraid, and yet unique and awesome. It is only through that wonder that we can see each other as equals regardless of age, IQ, race, creed, religion, sexual orientation.

There was a recent study that showed that adolescent males had a “deep inner life,” which we found humorous, because adolescent males are like adults–they think deeply, they hurt, and they suffer with the same questions of life, and may not express it in adult terms, but they think and live deeply. It is the cowboy culture, that man up culture that sets them back, that causes them not to express their feelings and hence the suicides and emotional problems.

When we move into our judgment of others as adults, we are destructive. Rather than judge, criticize, we should put those side, and wonder, and love, and play as children.

Many of the great saints retained that capacity for wonder, a delight in creator and creation, an enduring youthfulness. The great Dominican mystic, Meister Eckhardt, joyfully claimed that, “my soul is as young as when I was created, aye, much younger. And I tell you, I should be ashamed were she not younger tomorrow than today.”

We are God’s work of art–let us wonder a gain, let us be children in our wonderment! Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!

Fr. River Damien Sims, D.Min.

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

http://www.temenos.org

415-305-2124

 

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