Wednesday, September 24, 2014
And whoever gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple—truly I tell you, none of these will lose their reward.” Matthew 10:42 NRSV
The Maasai people of Kenya and Tanzania greet each other with “Kasserian ingera?” which means, “And how are the children?”
What they hope to hear – what we all hope to hear – is “the children are well.” If all the children are well, life is good and the future is hope-filled.
“And how are the children?” could be a conventional politeness, like “How’s your kids?” But what if it means “How are all the children, how is this place or this situation or this climate affecting the young and vulnerable?” Could this question become a reminder to us that all children are precious in the eyes of God?
What if we began each day asking, “And how are the children?” Would it change anything in your life or mine? Would it change life for the children of the world?
God, open our ears to disciples asking, “And how are the children?” that it might undermine our preoccupations and refocus our energies. May the children be the beneficiaries of our hope and trust in you. Hold us accountable for our words and actions. Amen.
Rev. Susan Meeter
United Church of Christ