Wherever you go where there are kids you will be inundated to some degree with hugs, kisses, toys, pleadings to play, laugh, make funny faces. To show some interest in them. Attention and affection are what kids want more than anything I think.
Henri Nouwen spent some time living with a poor family in South America and he summed it up nicely when he wrote, “The children always challenge me to live in the present. They want me to be with them here and now, and they find it hard to understand that I may have other things to do or think about…I marvel at their ability to be fully present to me. Their uninhibited expression of affection and their willingness to receive it pull me directly into the moment and invite me to celebrate life where it is found.”
So while I do not, indeed cannot, understand the heartbreak of not being able to provide for your children what they need and in some cases the numbness of not caring at all, I look in the faces of these little ones around and I understand how there can be hope. I look in their little eyes and hear their precious giggles and I understand how a society can keep carrying on in the face of difficulties that look insurmountable.
I have asked God many times that I could enter into some of the suffering of the world. He is gracious enough to usher me in arm in arm with little ones.