Sunday, 24 August 2014

Together as one


Today I sat on a bench in Victoria Park, Tower Hamlets, watching my kids on a swing. Next to me was another father - an orthodox Jew - sitting with a baby on his lap. His older children raced over and climbed onto the swing to join mine. Then a Muslim family arrived - two of the women were wearing niqabs. The younger children grabbed the empty spaces on the swing. And then it happened. The children began to move together - back and forth, back and forth to get the swing moving. It took effort - each child playing their part, working in harmony. Fairly quickly their efforts began to pay off and the speed increased. One by one smiles began to emerge on the children's faces, laughter bubbling up from within. It was a moment of beauty and of light. I just had to get it on camera.

'God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.' 1 Corinthians 1:27

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