Spend any time with children and you will get asked a lot of questions. They are fascinated by the world around them, filled with wonder.
Not only do children ask questions, but they expect answers, and until taught to mistrust, they will believe the answers given are true. Until children learn to find other sources for information, answers from adult are all they have. As they grow, they learn to investigate. A water table can provide seemingly endless opportunities to test “what happens when?”
Adults can become awkward, second guessing our understanding. “Maybe I should know the answer, already?” “I don’t want to be the first to ask.” “They’ll think I’m not paying attention.” The loss of the innocence of childhood often brings an end to asking questions. We replace the act of wonder with the practice of worry and struggle with hopelessness.
When Jesus suggests that we must receive the kingdom of God as a little child, I think it is because of wonder, trust, and hope. To dream with God, we must get back in touch with our sense of wonder, of possibility, of hope, of love. These are the basic skills God needs from us to work in God’s vineyard, priceless treasures that continue to open our hearts.
This week All Saints’ celebrates the opening of the Lockhart Child Development Center (LCDC), a dream more than two years in the making. You are invited to reconnect with the wonder of a child by volunteering in the center. Contact LCDC Director Waynett Taylor or Deacon Jackie Whitfield to learn more about opportunities!
Questions for Reflection
When is the last time you can remember truly experiencing wonder?
What is the connection between wonder and hope?
How does feeling hopeful impact your generosity?