Big mud puddles and sunny dandelions
Each Sunday morning as the children come forward for the Children’s Sermon, our organist plays “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world.” He does you know. “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.”

Once when the people were bringing children to Jesus that he might touch them, the disciples stopped them. But when Jesus saw it he was indignant, and said to them, “Let the children come to me, do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”

Jane Williams, who directs children and family ministries at St. Luke’s Methodist Church in Houston, shares the following:

“When I look at a patch of dandelions I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard. My kids see flowers for mom, and blowing white fluff you can wish on.

“When I look at a homeless person who smiles at me, I see a person who probably wants money from me and I look away; my kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.

“When I hear music I love, I know I can’t carry a tune so I just sit self-consciously and listen; my kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words, and if they don’t know the words they make up their own.

“When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it. I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk. My kids, on the other hand, close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with the wind until they fall to the ground laughing.

“When I pray, I say ‘Thee’ and ‘Thou’ and ‘give me’ a lot. When my kids pray, they say, ‘Hi, God, thank you for my toys and my friends. Please keep the bad dreams away, tonight. Sorry, I don’t want to come to heaven yet, I would miss Mommy and Daddy too much

“When I see a mud puddle I step around it; I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets. My kids sit in it; they see dams to build, rivers to cross and worms to play with.

“I sometimes wonder—are we given kids to teach or to learn from?”

Oh, my friends, enjoy the little things in life. Someday you may look back and realize that they were the big things. I wish for you big mud puddles and sunny yellow dandelions!

Rev. Nichols is Minister Emeritus of First Christian Church, Temple where he was senior minister for 23 years.

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