Jesus was all about ministry on the fringes of society. He wanted to bring people in so that they would be full participants in society. He understood that for peace to truly happen, wholeness in the society (full participation in society) needed to be a priority. And a piece of this wholeness was the need to include and care for the children.
We hear that Jesus “took a little child and put it among them; and taking it in his arms, he said to them, ‘Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me, and whoever welcomes me welcomes not me but the one who sent me’” (Mark 9: 36-37).
I would even argue that Jesus appreciated the spirituality of children. Sometimes as adults, we forget what it means to be alive. And sometimes living doesn’t excite or energize us anymore. What does that say about our spiritual lives? Does God excite us anymore?
May we still be able to see through a child’s eye and pray with a child’s heart.