Monday 20 July

Thought for the day from Linda Wainscot

A young soldier in the US army was desperate to gain exemption so that he could go home to help his mother following the death of his father and brother during the Battle of Gettysburg.  His decision to go ‘straight to the top’, to place his request before the President himself seemed impossible when he was turned away by security guards at the gates of the White House. 

Dejected, he sat on a nearby bench, where he was noticed by a small boy who asked what was wrong.  After explaining the problem, the boy simply said, “I can help you.  Follow me.”

Striding confidently passed the guards, they walked through the gates, along the path, in through the front door, up the stairs and into the Oval Office. They stopped only when they reached the desk of the President who peered over his papers and smiled warmly.  “Hi Todd”, he said, “what do you want?”.  “Daddy, this soldier man needs to speak to you”, was the reply.  Immediately, the soldier was invited to speak to the President after which he received the compassion and love that he needed.

How did that happen?  

  • The soldier trusted the child - the son of the father
  • The small boy had free access to his father who was willing to listen

Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these’ Matthew 19: 14

‘Praise be to the God and Father or our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort’ 2 Corinthians 1: 3

These are just two bible verses that exemplify God’s love and compassion.  When Jesus’ disciples saw the young child in their midst as an interruption or distraction, Jesus put them right! As His children, we are all invited to the party, we all have free access to the Father if we follow the Son.

Linda Wainscot is the Diocesan Director of Education and a member of the Bishop's Core Staff Team