Paul's Passing Thoughts

Second Epistle of Andy to “Trevor”

Posted in Uncategorized by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on February 17, 2016

Some time ago I relayed the account of a Facebook interaction I had with an individual I called “Trevor”.  Trevor is a young man in his early twenties.  I’ve had the privilege of having long conversations with him regarding theology and Biblical matters in general.  Trevor goes to a local church and has made a profession of faith, so giving him the benefit of the doubt (since it is not my place to make a judgment otherwise) I regard him as a brother in Christ.

Last Friday, Trevor and I got into another discussion, this time about the Law and how it pertains to believers.  Since he was pressed for time and our conversation was growing increasingly in depth, Trevor asked if he could pose some specific questions via a Facebook message to which I could then compose a more in-depth reply.  What follows is my response to Trevor.  His questions are included in the body of the response in bold italics.  I hope that you find it edifying!

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Guest Writer, Susan Dohse: The Kingdom of Heaven is Like K

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on August 30, 2011

 But Jesus called them unto him and said, “Allow the little children to come to me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”  Luke 18:16

I have heard several sermons ranging from the innocence of children to having the faith of a child all opinionating on what Jesus meant by this statement. I have an opinion as well. I believe the kingdom of heaven is like K. I cannot include the true names of the children so I chose to use numbers and letters. After all, this is preschool.

I have been teaching special needs preschoolers for 21 years and it never ceases to amaze me the lessons I learn from those I teach.  Take for example my little boy whom I will name #1.  He has autistic-like characteristics. Those characteristics include being non-verbal, hyper-active, impulsive, and aggressive. Because of the last three characteristics, other children did not want to sit next to him, except for K. “I want to sit next to #1,”  K tells me one day while I was getting things ready for Circle Time. “He can’t talk and I want to help him.” The kingdom of heaven is like K.

A few weeks passed and the snack was chocolate cupcakes. K had just taken the paper off his cupcake when #1 lunges for him and bites him on the arm.  #1 left a mark but fortunately did not break the skin.  After all the accident reports were completed, and phone calls made to both sets of parents I met with my staff to discuss a plan for preventing this from occurring again.  The phone rang and K’s mother wanted to speak to me.  I thought the worst: “Don’t let my child ever be near #1. Put K in a different class…..”.  Instead K’s mother related to me what her son had reported, “It’s OK Mommie.  He wasn’t being mean, he just thought I was a cupcake and wanted a bite.”  The kingdom of heaven is like K.

Both of these children have moved on to school age programs, #1 to a program for children with autistic-like characteristics, and K to a regular education program.  I hope there will be another child like K to befriend  #1.   I hope there will be another child like #1 for K .

The kingdom of heaven is like K.