Pause for Thought with Ray Dadswell: The invisible man

Daffodils herald the start of spring and the season of Easter
Daffodils herald the start of spring and the season of Easter

At Easter-time, why shouldn’t children also have their say?

These comments come from a group of boys and girls in an Eastbourne school, when asked to write on the subject ‘What Jesus means to me’.

“I believe in Jesus because he helps me a lot. I like his stories. They are interesting and they tell us to be safe and kind.”

“Jesus means a lot to me, because he always looks down and helps me and other people. I am very grateful to him in my life. He is like an invisible man and just because you can’t see him, it does not mean he does not exist.”

“I think he is a very good man. I believe in Jesus. I believe he cares and loves us all.”

“He is with me everywhere and he loves everyone. I sometimes feel lonely, but as it says in the Bible, you are never alone. Trust my belief.”

“Jesus is a really kind, loving, peaceful and patient man. I am a Christian and I love him. He makes me feel happy. I know Jesus is real and kind, because he says it in your heart.”

“Jesus has shown me how to love people and how to be kind and well-mannered.”

Children are so open and honest about their impressions and feelings, aren’t they?

Jesus himself had strong words for his disciples on one occasion: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it (Mark 10, 14 – 15).”