Keller: Children have great perspective to turn life’s pages

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The Bible says in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we have to become as little children. They are innocent and so real that they can be entertaining.

Last week, one of my great-grandsons, Caleb, started school. Last year, he attended kindergarten. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays were three-hour days, and Tuesdays and Thursdays lasted five hours.

His first day in the first grade at Atonement Lutheran Elementary School was a full day. When his mother, Amber, picked him up from school, she asked, “How was it?”

“It was longer than kindergarten,” he said and added, “That life is over.  It’s time I start a new life.”

Unlike most adults, he realized it’s time to turn the page of the Book of Life to a new chapter.

I’m reminded of what the Bible says in Matthew 11:25, as Jesus was denouncing unbelievers, “… I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.”

Having 12 great-grandchildren, I can always have something to write about, especially at the beginning of a school year.

Last week, my oldest of the great-grandchildren, Jaden, entered the second grade at East St. John Elementary School. He enjoyed his first four days, but Thursday night, his school had a devastating fire.

My daughter-in-law, Monica, is a teacher at the school and was heartbroken. She said she decorated her room nicely and was looking forward to her students’ first day of school, which would have been Monday.

The community was saddened for the hundreds of children who will have their school years interrupted.

When Jaden was told of the fire, his first remark was “And I left my favorite lunch box at school!” Out of the mouths of babes — innocent and entertaining.

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