Our children, and our childlike selves
Today’s timely, ‘thought for the week’ by Ros Hughes comes from her reflecting on the start of term for our children and young people.
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‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to children’.
Matthew 11: 25
‘I ti yr ydwyf yn diolch, O Dad, Arglwydd nef a daear, am I ti guddio’r pethau hyn rhag y doethion a’r rhai deallus, a’u datguddio ohonot I rai bychain.’
Mathew 11: 25
And calling to him a child he put him in the midst of them and said, ‘Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’
Matthew 18: 1-4
‘A’r Iesu a alwodd ato fachgennyn, ac a’I gosododd yn eu canol hwynt; ac a ddywedodd, Yn wir ydywedaf I chwi, Oddieithr eich troi chi, a’ch gwneuthur fel plant bychain, nid ewch chwi ddim I mewn I deyrnas nefoedd. Pwy bynnag gan hynny a’I gostyngo ei hunan fel y bachgennyn hwn, hwnnw yw’r mwyaf yn nheyrnas nefoedd.’
Mathew 18: 1-4
Ros Hughes writes:
This week we particularly think about, and remember in our prayers, our children and young people all returning to schools and education. After all the preparations in schools by the staff and teachers, we see the children returning – many feeling nervous and unsure about the future, keeping safe, and coping. Even the simple things, like using school transport, wearing a mask, breaks, and lunchtime, are all a concern and challenge in these times and that is before they even restart the education and learning. The older youngsters have had the worries of exam results, starting new groups, classes, schools, or colleges. The younger ones, on the other hand, seem more unsure of the situation. They are accepting of what changes are being put in place, but although we might think they have understood what they are being told, they are often forgetting, or not understanding exactly, what is being expected, or asked of them.
In the Gospel verses from Matthew above, we see in Jesus’s teachings that He indicates that the ways of God are more readily revealed to young children. Let us reflect for a moment – what does this mean for us? What qualities and characteristics does a child have that might enable this closeness to God? Is it – trust? – acceptance? – simplicity? – dependence? – vulnerability?
‘I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I breath.’
Psalm 116: 1-2
‘Da gennyf wrando o’r Arglwydd ar fy llef, a’m gweddiau. A ostwng ohono ei glust ataf, am hynny llefaf dros fy nyddiau arno ef.’
Salmau 116: 1-2
I find these few simple verses give me a very lovely image – a picture of a God who is like a loving, caring parent bending down to listen to His child. It actually gives me a safe and secure feeling of being accepted and being listened to, like a child being attended to by a mother, father, or grandparent. As we reflect on these verses it prompts awareness of God’s tender, loving care, and our own response to this.
Jesus revealed that He had a relationship with God, His Father, that was not an adult, formal relationship, but an intimate, childlike relationship. He even called God ‘Abba’, which can be translated as ‘Daddy’. As we turn to God in prayer today, we may like to recognise what childlike qualities could draw us closer to our God, Father, Abba…
Abba, Abba Father.
You are the potter; we are the clay… The work of Your hands.
Mould us, mould us and fashion us
Into the image of Jesus Your Son… Of Jesus Your Son.
Tuesday 8th September (10.30am)
Zoom Coffee: friendly and engaging conversation about this week’s theme, and of course a great way to belong
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Wednesday 9th September (11am)
Midweek Communion: St. Benedict’s in Gyffin
Saturday 12th September (8am)
Weekend Service: our video is published on this website
Sunday 13th September (9.30am)
Communion Service: St. Peter’s in Llanbedr-y-Cennin
Sunday 13th September (11am)
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