How fun are these pictures from IGF’s website?
I love the spirit of playfulness these photographs capture. This crew seems to enjoy one another. My guess is they were busy playing and indulged the photographer by clamoring into the appointed spot, but as soon as the shutter clicked, they were off.
If you look at the bottom photograph awhile, you’ll notice a rich variety of expressions. Plenty of silliness, a good deal of cheer, a little bit of hesitancy, a couple of pinched faces – clearly their minds are elsewhere at the moment. I just want to hug the little boy in purple on the right.
Each has a story as unique as their beautiful face. Many are the challenges they face. We pray provision, education, health, and a sense of belonging that comes from being deeply valued, on each and every one.
We pray strength, joy, wisdom, and a great sense of purpose and God’s pleasure on each who care for these.
I am so grateful for the upside down message of good news that has made its way down through the centuries to turn our own worlds right side up. What kind of God leaves a legacy like this…
“People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.”