One of the great Bible stories we love to talk about at Compassion is when Jesus brought a child into the midst of a conversation He was having with the disciples (Matthew 18). Jesus pretty much stopped a very serious discussion and turned His focus to a child. And, in doing so, He brought that child to the attention of the entire crowd.
I wonder, what impact it would have had if a child had been “in the midst” of different events in history?
What if a child had been in the room during the penning of the Declaration of Independence?
Do you think our founding fathers would have addressed the importance of children by adding a line stating they were seeking independence “for the future of our children?”
Look at John Trumbull’s famous painting of the signing of the Declaration:
Now imagine how that image changes if a child is added to the scene.
How many wars would never have started if a child had been in the war planning room.
Imagine a child asking, “But why? Why do you want to hurt those mommies and daddies?” … or better yet, “Are you going to hurt the children too?”
(Over the past ten years,than soldiers.)
What other moments in history might have changed, if a child had been “in the midst?”