April 2017 - Editor's Letter
by Lori Hatcher
Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky once said, “The soul is healed by being with children.” I think Jesus agrees.
I’ve always been touched by the squabble between Jesus and his disciples over the children. Apparently mothers haven’t changed much over the millennia. The moms of Jesus’ time were a good judge of character, and many of them saw what the men of the day missed—that Jesus was God in the flesh. And like today’s mothers, they wanted Jesus to bless their children.
Picture the scene. It was bustling, because Jesus drew a crowd everywhere he went. The sick, the demon-possessed, and those in need of spiritual counsel pressed in around him. Conversation was difficult, but somehow, Jesus knew the needs of every heart. Sometimes, he’d ask them what they wanted him to do for them, to see if they knew what they really needed. Some would ask him to heal their bodies and discover they really needed him to heal their souls.
Jesus’ ability to hear with his heart, not his ears, was probably how he became aware of the tussle at the back of the crowd.
“But Sir,” one mother said, “we just want to ask Jesus to lay his hands on our children and bless them. I’m sure he wouldn’t mind. He’s very kind.”