FROM THE DESK OF WILL PERRY:
Within the past couple of days on this trip, we have finally been able to settle down and make a temporary home in the New Community Church. While we are still in the trip’s infancy, God has shown himself time and time again during the trip. In this devotional, I would like to speak about one experience. This past Monday, I was assigned to help the Church carry out their summer superhero themed VBS program. The day was equal parts play and work as we helped New Community Church teach their youth more about how Jesus is their superhero. While I was preoccupied with the tasks at hand in the moment, in reminiscing upon this experience I now see what God was trying to show me. As I grow further from childhood, reminders of the abilities that I once had are ever more apparent. Boundless energy, creativity, and joy come to mind when I think about what I miss the most about being a child. While I may not be able to recreate these traits today, the children were able to teach me something that I can.
In Matthew 18:1-5, Jesus said
“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me”.
Faith is what defines us a Christians, and we paint those who are the farthest along in their walk with God as the strongest in their faith. However, what I saw in these children was the strongest faith of all: one stripped of cynicism and doubt. As I have gotten older, I have developed my trust in God as one with reservations. The apprehension that plagues my relationship with God has only grown stronger as I have grown older. What I feel that God is reminding me of with this passage and with the children of Dolton, Illinois is to return to a faith of innocence. A faith where I don’t doubt God and His abilities to help me. It is with this devotional that I pray that we can all develop this faith. Amen.