"Truly I tell you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will never enter it.”
I absolutely love doing the "Moment with the Children" during the Worship service. It gives me meaningful time with the kids, but I also feel like I learn so much from them. They believe without all the intellectual abstractions. It isn't that they do not have questions, or even frustrations when they do not understand or are not given clear answers to their theological questions. The difference is they are often more willing to believe amidst the questions, than many adults. Children also experience faith through feelings that do not always need to be systematically articulated.
As we mature in the faith, we should take the responsibility to learn more about the faith, and have a working knowledge of the Bible. We should be able to express our theological positions and articulate our faith so others can hear the blessings of God in our lives. But for some reason, we adults often miss something in the transition. In embracing the intellectualization of the faith, we tend to loose the mystery and joy of experiencing God in our midst.
Today, try to remember various faith experiences at different points in your childhood. Who were the people who exemplified faith in your life? Was the idea of God frightening or warm and comforting? Did prayer provide a visceral response? What were the key transitional moments that transformed your faith? Which were intellectual moments and which were brought on by a feeling of the divine that transformed your understanding? Answering these and other questions can bring you back to a place of joy, trust, and mystery that children tend to experience more fully than adults. Enjoy the process of remembering and affirming!