This year for the 4th time I'm welcoming children into a church that I serve to "Experience Easter"...The trail was devised, originally for Gloucester Diocese, by our excellent Children's Advisor & Primary Schools Advisor, both of whom are stunningly creative & inspiring women - so the stations in themselves are highly effective. However, what makes me rejoice as I walk them with group after group is the fresh light that the children shed on events that are so deeply embedded in me.
Yesterday we opened "Experience Easter 2010" with year 5 from Valley Church School and as usual I came home with much to ponder. Insight of the day came from A. as we considered our different understandings of "servant" and "king" and how those two roles could be combined in Jesus
"Jesus understands exactly how it is to be anyone...it doesn't matter how different they are, what they look like to other people...Jesus knows how it is because he has been there - from servant to king. He understands children and bullies too".
I'll never sing that song again without this added layer of meaning.
Jesus, in one action, giving us not just a model for Christian life, but a glimpse of the heart of the God who knows us all inside out.