And the Child Will Lead Them

December 24, 2011
Cheryl Woelk |

A highlight of the worship on the fourth Sunday of Advent for me was the children's story. Well, actually, after the children's story when the storyteller asked four of the children to ask someone in the congregation to light one of the Advent candles. Children calling adults' attention to the Advent candles? How appropriate.  Really, it is the children that see more than adults do, pointing out the unexpected, speaking the unspoken, asking the unasked questions. When is it that we stop being children to unconditionally follow the norms of society at all kinds of costs?

The fourth Advent theme was "Changing the world's order." If things are going to change, all of us in a society need to point things out, speak up, and ask important questions. Maybe adults need to watch the children and follow their lead in seeking the transformation of injustice and suffering… as Jesus suggested. 
Perhaps Jesus' coming to earth as a child helps us to see things differently, with fresh eyes free of inhibitions and focused on watching for the wonderful, unexpected ways of God's presence with us.
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Cheryl Woelk
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