Friday, March 21

HINDER NOT THE LITTLE CHILDREN

“Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”  Matthew, Chapter 19, Verse 14

They say that your life flashes before your eyes during traumatic events.  That may or may not be true for many people, but for me it happens whenever I am involved in an event involving a child, a grandchild, or a great-grandchild.   Recently my great grandson was baptized on Cape Cod.  This event at a Catholic church brought back memories of my early life as a Catholic, and it reminded me how glad and grateful I am to have been an Episcopalian for the last twenty-five years!  I left the Catholic church so that I could be a full participant in worship and in receiving the Eucharist.  It also brought home the fact that there are now four generations in our very extended family.  In addition, we reconnected with my granddaughter’s father’s family.

Two days later we were in Florida with my son Geoff, his wife Melinda and our grandsons Geoffrey and Ayden.  Besides the glorious warm weather, we had time to spend with four-year-old Ayden and nineteen-year-old Geoffrey, a child of St. Stephen’s.  All of our work for all the children of St. Stephen’s insures that our church will continue to stand strong as a beacon of light in the city of Lynn.

— Irene Axelrod