There are no lawns and there isn't much grass here in the neighborhoods of Daejeon, South Korea but it doesn't stop the kids from playing. In every parking lot, dead end street and busy street for that matter kids can be seen playing--soccer, badmitten, riding bikes, baseball (with a bat and tennis ball), roller skating--and much more, and they actually look like they are having fun!
Here are a group of guys that I came upon this evening as I was exiting our apartment building. They were brandishing plastic swords and transformer robot toys. They were hilarious to watch. I smiled at them and poked some fun at them and they all tried out some English words on me. After I admired their toys I got them all to line up on the steps for a picture.
After a short sword fight and a round of high fives (actually three times around) I slipped away from the group and headed on down the street. I left that time with a smile on my face and joy in my heart. I found myself missing my days of teaching elementary school. Children are amazing.
Jesus is known to have said,
"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these"
"I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
I could ramble on about the why and how of Jesus and children and us but......
Just take a look at the picture.