As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.” vs. 13Isaiah 66:13-14
When we get older and start learning new things in school, it’s not unusual to do an assessment of what we’ve been learning in Sunday School. And sometimes the old familiar stories don’t stand up to our scrutiny. We reject entire portions of scripture as being archaic and unscientific, and decide that we are no longer believers. Usually that also means a rejection of worship, except on the cultural holidays like Easter or Christmas when family trumps faith. And then we go off to find our own ways to answer life’s perplexing questions, and decide that atheism or agnosticism is more logical and satisfying to our minds. Occasionally that works, but sometimes it doesn’t, and after further exploring we might decide to check out Church again. Of course the old stories are still there–the bible doesn’t change–and they still don’t satisfy the rationalistic literalism that drove us away in the first place. But if we return to the stories as a little child might, we realize what Jesus meant when he used children as models of faithfulness. In this approach, which we might call embracing “a second naivete,” questions drop away and we encounter the pure truth that has been there all the time. And our Mother Church gives us the comfort we’ve remembered and have been yearning for. We drink deeply and faith can be restored.
Thought for the Day: What’s my favorite bible story from childhood?