Karl Barth and Eduard Thurneysen’s God’s Search for Man (English translation, 1935) is a collection of sermons. The two men were very close and it is fair to assume they went along with each other’s sermons, especially those which were published together. This collection includes one, by Thurneysen, called ‘The New Beginning’, on the text of Matthew 18.1-9. It is a piece of child theology.
The sermon begins:
Jesus places children before us. He uses them as a parable in order to say something decisive to us. Children are people who still stand at the beginning of life…..For them… everything is filled with possibility and promise; life is an open book filled with unwritten pages….
For us (grown-ups) it is too late for almost everything. We do not have an undeveloped life before