Suffer the little children…(“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.'” — Matthew 19:14 (NIV) The word “suffer” in Early Modern English means to allow something or tolerate an action. Thank you google)
Today was my turn to help in the nursery at church.I help with the two to four year olds. Wow has that ever changed. While services are held in the Family Life Center allowing for better distancing, the nursery is in the main building. We have our temperature checked at the door, we don our facial covering, and use the available hand sanitizer. Once the kids arrive and are checked in themselves, we move to the designated room.
The toys in the room have all been sanitized before hand. No food or drinks are allowed now, we aren’t supposed to hug the kids. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to not hug the children?
We had five kids today. Two of which are twin brothers. Those two are quite the team. After having the kids bring me and the other volunteer all manner of pretend foods, watching as they had toy animal rodeos, did laps around the table and tried to play hide and seek in a room with nowhere to hide. Only a child could hide under an open table and think they can’t be seen.
Soon enough it was time to prepare for their parents to return for them. The toys were collected, feet stuffed back in shoes and arms in jackets. Dad got the twins and the other three walked quietly back down the hallway to the door. As the last child left, each adult waved them away and we said our goodbyes.
Once back in the car, I pulled on a pair of gloves, started the car and headed for home. I had intended on visiting a friend, but a nagging cough had me hurrying home for forgotten allergy medicine. Once home though,, I spent hours on the phone, mostly with mom and dad. Dad needing favors and mom needing to talk. In between times, I got to think.
What does the Bible say to us about children? What does the Bible say about children? — World Vision Advocacy
To look to Heaven with the innocence of a child. To believe as a child. To love, as a child.That, is a reason for the season. To find that feeling. To find the trust.Today, spent with those kids, gave me a glimpse of all of those feelings and more. Seeing that, shows me the reason, the season, does not end with one day. It goes on without end. For that, I am thankful.