If Jesus' invitation to "become as little children" is sound counsel, then we adults would do well to follow kids' lead when it comes to expressing God more fully.
That hit home for me this week, when a 7-year-old schooled me on the life of Hattie McDaniel. "She played Mammy in 'Gone with the Wind, and was the first African-American to win an Oscar," said the young scholar brightly. Continuing with furrowed brow, she added, "But when she died in 1952, they wouldn't honor her last wish. She wanted to be buried in the Hollywood Cemetery. But it wasn't allowed because she was black."
"Yeah," she said, rolling her eyes. "I know. So stupid...But in 1999, they put up a special marker, and now practically everybody who goes there visits Hattie." Then, without prompting, she summed up the spiritual themes for me: "We should care about all people no matter what color their skin is because all people have God in them." And furrowing her brow again, she added, "It shows even if we’ve made mean choices in the past, every day we can choose to care instead."
Truer words have never been spoken from a purer heart.