This morning, I was contemplating life in occupied Iraq. I was drawn to an essay of photos that included this one of two little girls being bathed by their mother:
There is a reminder here, I think. There are thousands of children in the war zone of Iraq--children who look like our children: innocent and playful, mischevious and petulant. These nameless Iraqi girls are are those about whom Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these" (Mark 10:14). When we quote the King James, we say, "Suffer the little children..." In Iraq, there is now much truth to this archaic translation. I don't want to forget that.
You may access the original photo, as well as the whole photo essay on the lives of Iraqi women at BBC News on-line.