Tools for the Journey

  • A children’s story book.
  • Time
  • The ability to listen intently.

Day 11: Jesus Ministered to Children and So Can You


My daughter and one of my granddaughters moved about 100 miles away to set up a new home. On moving day i went to spend some time with my granddaughter, Amelia, who told me the following:-

“Her mum, was Emily and i was Emily’s mum and her grandma. Great-grandma was my mum and Emily’s grandma. And she was going to see Ava (the other granddaughter) who was her cousin. And auntie Grace and auntie Bethany was Emily’s sisters and uncle Michael was Emily’s brother, but uncle Adam wasn’t (very true)” – she took a breath at this point and i asked, “What about Granddad and Great-granddad?” She thought for a moment and then replied, “Granddad was Emily’s dad, but he didn’t like with Grandma, he lived with Nanna, but that wasn’t Emily’s mum….and i don’t know about great-granddad?” I told her that great-granddad was my dad…she had to think about that one for a while and then went onto other things.

It always amazes me what little children know, what they are able to understand and how their little uncluttered minds sort everything out, until it makes sense. Speak and more importantly, listen to a child today. Amelia is not yet, but nearly is 4-years-old.

“13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them:

and his disciples rebuked those that brought them.

14 But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them,

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not:

for of such is the kingdom of God.”

Mark 10: 13–14

To Do List

  1. Spend time with small children and really listen to them.
  2. Read a book to a child, with character voices and gusto.