“Among the most accomplished and fabled tribes of Africa, no tribe was considered to have warriors more fearsome or more intelligent than the mighty Masai. It is perhaps surprising then to learn the traditional greeting that passed between Masai warriors. ‘Kasserian ingera’ one would always say to another. It means ‘And how are the children?’ ‘All the children are well’ is the response. Meaning that peace and safety prevail, that the priorities of protecting the young, the powerless, are in place, that society has not forgotten its reasons for being. ‘All the children are well’ means that life is good.” – Pat Hoertdoerfer
Children are the focus of so much of our attention at this time of year. They are featured in our media, our holiday advertisements, our Globe Santa stories. But can we say they are society’s reason for being? How would you answer that today? And are you happy with the answer? I must confess, in today’s society, I do not see the well-being of the least powerful and most vulnerable among us as a priority. What would it be like if we, and our leaders in government and finance, chose to put the most vulnerable first?
I invite you to try this as a spiritual practice: Starting today, imagine if, whatever decisions you make and actions you take in your daily life, you asked yourself ‘how will this affect the children?’ Think not only of your own children, but the children of your community, your society, your heart. Think not only of little children, but of whomever is the least powerful and most at risk from the decisions we make. Today and for all of our tomorrows.
May you have a season of blessed joy and peace.
—Rev Sarah Person