Advent reflection for 29 November
I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to mere children.
So often for children things come in black and white, right and wrong and they cannot understand why adults make things so complicated. Children also sometimes have seemingly impossible dreams for the future – they are going to be a princess, an astronaut or a footballer, depending on their mood.
Jesus praises God for revealing the truth to “mere children”. He uses the term to describe those who are able to accept what they are seeing and hearing and are able to believe in Jesus as the Son of God.
There are times though when we try to shield children from the truth. We worry about the effects on them and how they will cope with situations that are frightening, dangerous or unjust.
And yet, the reality is that every day many children face huge difficulties as they are forced to flee their homes, undertake perilous journeys and deal with a new life in a new country with very few possessions. Half of the world’s refugees are children.
These children need to know that they are not alone. That we stand alongside them. That there are people who care. That there is still goodness, beauty and hope in our world. And that they can still have hopes and dreams for their future.
God of all, watch over all your children and guide them to a place of safety, where they may dream of the future and have the opportunity to make those dreams a reality. Amen.
Watch this video about the hopes and dreams of children who have fled their homes and are now in Greece and keep all refugees and migrants in your prayers.