Along with the depressing/scary/shocking news of the day/week/month/year/decade/century, several news stations are featuring bits of news at the end of their broadcasts that are uplifting/calming/pleasant. One such positive-of-the-day was the photo and coverage of a little 8-year-old boy named Christian comforting another little boy named Connor, who was crying on the schoolgrounds on the first day of school. Connor is autistic. Christian saw Connor crying and went over to him and took his hand and walked him into school. Precious, just precious. The boys are now friends. (The article and photo can be found on Facebook or Googled as: Boy comforts autistic boy.)

The mothers of both boys are happy: Connor’s mother because Connor now has Christian as a friend and Christian’s mother because Christian showed such compassion (Wow, compassion from a boy named Christian).

Anyway, a friend in response to seeing the coverage of these two boys mentioned the line: “…and a child shall lead them,” but she could not remember where it was found in the Bible. Thanks to staff in the Evanston Public Library Reference Department for looking up the line and referring me to Isaiah 11:6-9.

 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.” (Isaiah 11:6-9)

One of the boys mentioned above is black and the other is white. Thanks, boys, for your valuable lesson in humanitarianism and friendship without concern over one’s color. So…adults, maybe there is a lesson to be learned from these boys. You think?

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...