The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children

–Dietrich Bonhoeffer

The average Nobel Peace Prize recipient is over 62 years old, no Pakistani has ever received the honor, and this year marks the first time both a Hindu and a Muslim shared the award.  Both Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi dedicate their lives to children – Malala to their education and Kailash to their freedom.  Malala was shot in the head to silence her support of children’s education, and Kailash gave up his job as an electrical engineer in his tireless work to free children from slavery.

In her acceptance it was wonderful to her young Malala echo Gandhi when she related that one is Hindu and the other Muslim, and both are human first.  I am grateful to this year’s recipients and their work on behalf of little ones, because of what another great teacher said about children two millennia ago – “of such is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  (Matthew 19:14)

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