The Lutheran Church of Saint Mark
Already there was this young boy and his father. The boy was reading the sign out loud. When he felt my presence, he turned, saw me, and immediately stopped. I encouraged him, “No, please, go ahead, keep reading.” He looked at his father, who nodded, and he returned his attention to the sign, and continued to do his best to read about the geology of the glaciers before us.
He didn’t get all the words right, and I’m not sure he understood what he was reading. When he was done, I praised him for his great job.
It is not easy to read out loud in front of strangers. There are adults among us who don’t like to read in front of people they know, so a youngster in front of strangers, with big new words, deserves a gold star in my book, and I said so. The little boy wasn’t quite sure what to do with my enthusiasm, but the father beaming, said, “Thank you.”
Sometimes it is just nice to know that you have been seen and heard. “Whoever welcomes one such child…”
I bet Jesus saw a bunch of eyes roll when he picked up that child, especially if it was a girl, and when he said, “Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”