Stop, and ap­pre­ci­ate the won­ders around us

The Amherst News - - CUMBERLAND COUNTY - BY REV. BY­RON CORKUM Rev. By­ron Corkum is with the First Bap­tist Church in Amherst.

Some­times as adults we for­get to al­low our­selves to see the won­ders around us. The years have made us cyn­i­cal, or we no longer have faith in the sys­tems that we thought once stood for what we be­lieved. With the world sit­u­a­tion as it is, this is an easy at­ti­tude to adopt. San­ity and ci­vil­ity seem to be dis­ap­pear­ing in daily liv­ing. Is there a cure for this? Can we find a way to re­turn to a brighter day?

Re­cently, we had the joy of hav­ing our B.C. grand­chil­dren visit with us for a week. One is three years old and the other is eight months. If you ever want to see life as a pre­cious bless­ing, have your lit­tle grand­chil­dren around for a week. I re­dis­cov­ered their joy in ev­ery­thing. They took all things as new and ex­cit­ing. Even when they were up­set, it wasn’t with the state of pol­i­tics or fear of the fu­ture. It was be­cause they were hun­gry, or sick, or an­gry, or in need of a hug. Noth­ing re­stores your faith in hu­mankind faster than hav­ing a child hug you. There is no more glo­ri­ous feel­ing.

We watched as the three-yearold ran full steam through the cold wa­ters of Par­lee Beach with­out a com­plaint about the cold wa­ter as he pushed his truck full tilt through the wa­ter. The eight­month-old could melt your heart with a smile and watch­ing her dis­cover new things re­newed my hope for the fu­ture. These are the ones who will make changes in the world to come. It is our re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that they don’t be­come jaded along the way, but rather con­tinue to see the beauty and the good around them. They had an end­less thirst for knowl­edge and books, not com­put­ers. Read­ing times were spe­cial. Snug­gling up and read­ing them a book or lis­ten­ing as they read it to you are things that are price­less. As dif­fi­cult as it was to say good­bye to them at the air­port, the joy and life re­newal they brought made it all worth­while. There is still beauty and won­der in this big, old, dark world.

The Scrip­tures re­mind us that Je­sus was among the first to teach that the chil­dren were the hope for all. He wel­comed them into his pres­ence and he made sure other adults rec­og­nized their im­por­tance. His was a gospel of love and ac­cep­tance of dif­fer­ences. The power strug­gles of His time were ob­sta­cles to truly reach­ing out to the masses and mak­ing ev­ery­one’s life bet­ter. The chal­lenge re­mains to­day, as we at­tempt to see the world through the eyes of a child and re­spond to oth­ers in love.

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