A Child’s Faith  

At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked,
“Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.
Jesus said:
“Truly I tell you, unless you change
and become like little children,
you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child
is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.

(Matthew 18:1-5 – NIV)

The fields were parched and brown from lack of rain,
and the crops lay wilting from thirst.
People were anxious and irritable
as they searched the sky for any sign of relief.
Days turned into arid weeks. No rain came.

The clergy of the local churches
called for an hour of prayer
on the town square the following Saturday.
They requested that everyone bring an
object of faith for inspiration.

At high noon on that Saturday
the townspeople showed up in masses,
filling the square with anxious faces and hopeful hearts.
The ministers, priest, and rabbi were touched
to see the variety of objects clutched in prayerful hands —
Bibles, crosses, menorahs, crucifixes and rosaries
were only a few of their faith symbols.

When the hour ended a soft rain began to fall.
Cheers swept the crowd as they held
their treasured objects high in gratitude and praise.

From the middle of the crowd,
one faith symbol seemed to overshadow all the others;
A small 9-year-old child had brought
an umbrella to show his faith.

[My photos that have a creative commons license and are free for everyone to download, edit, alter and use as long as you give me, “D Sharon Pruitt” credit as the original owner of the photo. This image was originally posted to Flickr by Pink Sherbet Photography at http://flickr.com/photos/40645538@N00238034272. It was reviewed on confirmed to be licensed under the terms of the cc-by-2.0.]


About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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