b'22WALT SHELTONthat attention to how children think and act offers a door to God. Kids are simple in so many model ways, especially in their attitude and activity. They (well, most of them) are loving, humble and nonjudgmental. Yet they are also incredibly in-quisitive.CourtneyandRustyhadnever-endingquestions. They were and are stellar children and adults. As kids, crisp, clear(orsoIthought)answerswerenotenoughtosatisfy them. Rather, I appreciate retrospectively that their questions wereformativeandresultedingreaterenergy,exploration, and growth, both intellectually and spiritually. Importantly, unansweredquestionsdidnothindertheirpractical,active expressions of love and care for others.What does it mean to be truly childlike and thereby a kingdom personwhoisjourneyingclosertoGod?Somepeopleand even faith communities utilize the Mama approach to God, offering answers to all of lifes questions, often in neat sound bites. Worse yet, some can be belief police about it, insisting that their answers are for all as a matter of life and deathand where one goes beyond death. The simple answer approach might be helpful for some, but I say: No thank you, Mama. I would rather be a child.As our kids matured, so did their questions: If God is good, why is there injustice and seemingly arbitrary suffering in the world?Thatisonechallengingtheologicalquestionworthy of continuing reflection, but we agreed there is no simplistic, satisfying answer. There is, however, clarity in how we should respond to injustice and suffering. Jesus taught his followers to love their neighbor, using the time-honored parabolic ex-ample of a foreigner (Samaritan) caring for a Jewish pilgrim who had been unjustly robbed and injured on a road out of'