“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.”
—W. B. Yeats, “The Collected Poems”
Oh, the sweetness of a just turned seven year old girl as she tried so hard to tell me about a boy who had flipped off a friend. She held out her hand palm down, with three fingers raised slightly, the middle one just barely above the other. She looked at me to see if I was understanding. She said, “I don’t want to show you, and I don’t want to say the word either.” I assured her I was understanding that that sign was an ugly sign meant to hurt other’s feelings and that I also understood that she didn’t want the ugly word to come from her mouth—that she was right not to say ugly words. Then she said, “But didn’t God make the word?” I told her that God did not make the word. She said she thought God made all the words. We have told her many times that God made the world. Maybe she thought we said “word” instead of “world,” or maybe she got that idea from us talking about “God’s Word.” Anyway it was such a serious, sweet, and delightful conversation.
Move up with me a few days when I listened to a “man on the street” as 6-9 (?) year olds were asked about “gay marriage.” Almost all replied with great sophistication that they knew what that was; it is when a man marries a man or a woman marries a woman. Let me make a couple comments about that. In the first place, I absolutely do not believe those children were chosen at random. I don’t think a “news” person would dare stop a child on the street and ask such a question without having obtained the parent’s permission and without input from the parent. What a furor that would cause! Any adult who is big enough to lift a microphone would know better than that! The second comment is this: Do you suppose these children had been told about the actions of these “gay marriage” couples; do you suppose they were told about the disease that goes with such actions? Do you suppose that for centuries those “marriages” were illegal because they were looked upon as abnormal? Do you suppose they were told that the great philosophers had favored marriage between a man and woman as the way to provide children with a mother and a father? Do you suppose they had been told that if all marriages were “gay marriages” the end of humanity would occur within a generation, since there could be no children born. These children sounded like they knew all the answers about “gay marriages.” And, of course, the second question to the smart kids was, “Do you think they should marry if they love each other?” With that set up who would answer “No.” So we take it from the experts, they should be able to marry. Right?
I mourn the loss of innocence for little children who will soon enough know the heartbreak of a world’s weeping caused largely because of adults who “flip their finger” at God’s warnings.
(A re-post from seven months ago, with great concern about the state our nation is in. and a recognition of the importance of our up-coming election. My prayer: “God, turn our hope and our obedience to you.”