Jesus at the Kids TableI was recently blessed to help by serving on a “Walk to Emmaus” retreat where many were introduced to the kid’s table during the Lord’s Supper. Yes, a little leeway applied here. Much humor presided at this table, but upon further reflection, so much more was presented. Love, grace, acceptance, and joy were present. So many differences were expressed through behaviors, appearances, and attitudes, but all were welcomed.

I attempted to portray a shy, fearful, and outwardly emotional child. As this drama began to unfold and the scene was set, the shyness began with innocent eyes and a quivering lip. The response from the audience was that of immediate care and evoked compassion. No words were spoken, but the response was definitely felt. We had playful kids, disgusting kids, and loud kids. But no matter, when the image was placed behind us from Stephen Sawyer, we all got it.

Jesus tells us to let the children come to him; noisy, playful, disgusting, and shy ones. Children of all colors, cultures, social class, economic standing, ones with behavioral struggles, challenged in physical and emotional ways are all are welcome at the table with Jesus. What are those song lyrics again? “Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” Guess what? We are all God’s children, and we all belong at the table. Everyone!

Maybe the kid’s table is truly the table to be at!

Sometimes it’s worth taking the time to wonder…