By Jake Hall

published in Family Matters eNewsletter, November 5, 2015

Every other night I enter into complex negotiations with a three-year-old. "I want three stories tonight, Dad." He knows the going rate is two stories before night time prayers. I almost always give in because at that moment reading to my son is the best. Day by day it is as if you can see the imaginative leaps as the stories we tell become lessons that he takes to heart.

Sometimes I need to remember the truths that children’s stories may teach. We grown-ups need to be reminded about simple virtues absent of our cynicism and skepticism. Maybe that is why Jesus asked his disciples to enter the kingdom as children.

On Sunday, the children that we normally tell the stories to will be telling us the stories. It brings to mind all the things that Jesus did and said by receiving children and even proclaiming that we must enter into the kingdom like a little child. So on Sunday, I want you to come with the permissive, playful spirit of a child. Follow these children and you may just find the kingdom of God as you walk down the aisle and remember your walk of faith, as you come to the Waters of baptism and renew your covenant with God, and as you stand at the table of our Lord and find nourishment.

At that time, the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a child, whom he put among them, and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”