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Jesus said: ‘Let the little children come to me and do not stop them, for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.’ Luke 18:16
But he also warned against people who are like wolves in sheep’s clothing in Matthew 7:15-20.
Most children begin life trusting those around them, and some of us continue to do so, believing in the inherent goodness of people, despite evidence to the contrary, brought to us daily on the media, and in our own personal life experience.
I’ve always been a trusting, perhaps naive, person. Someone once described me as being like a Labrador puppy, bouncing up to everyone expecting to be liked!
After some hard lessons, I thought I had eventually learned to be more cautious and a little less trusting, until last week I fell hook, line and sinker, for a telephone scam call, supposedly from Amazon – I have since learned that they will never telephone customers. Thanks to the quick action of my bank, a considerable amount of money was rescued from being transferred to some obscure bank account.
I am a few days older and (hopefully) considerably wiser, and still firmly believe, as the Iona Community puts it, ‘We affirm God’s goodness at the heart of all humanity, planted more deeply than all that is wrong’. But there is no getting away from the sad fact that there are some sick people out there, so I beg all readers to be wary, and if in any doubt at all about the authenticity of a telephone call, email or doorstep caller – do NOT answer!
We must never loose entirely that precious childlike trust, but at the same time be aware of the darker side of life. We need not fear if we combine common sense with trust in God, whose love for all his children is unshakeable.
‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.’ Proverbs 3:5-6.
Reverend Joyce Watson, Isle of Iona.