“And he said:“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
~Matthew 18: 3 & 4
Today I walked where a child journeyed
I was whisked up into the breeze
colorful wings sprouted
I flew in fantasy
Today I rode a wooden horse
but you would never know
the journeys that we travelled
as knights from long ago
Today I laughed with a child
light and color flashed in the skies
we dug a tunnel to a new world
where giants had blue eyes
Tomorrow I’ll wing up toward heaven
look down at you with a smile
never letting go of the memories
love I learned from the heart of a child
Jesus loved children and told us we needed to be like children to enter the kingdom – why?
Children have an uncanny ability to care about things. One little girl I knew brought home every animal (and bug) that was hurt or broken; she could’nt bear the suffering of creatures.
Children are innocent – they have not tasted of the world’s evil.
Children see everyday things with special even profound meaning: an old tree becomes a castle, a creek becomes an ocean that transports fairies.
Children have an ability to love – really love. Their love isn’t based on what the person’s net worth is or the way they are dressed; they see into the heart.
Proverbs 17:22 – A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
Psalms 126:2 – Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
Proverbs 15:13 – A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.
Psalms 32:11 – Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart.
Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
1 Peter 1:22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart,
1 John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
Those big eyeballs remind me to look really hard for a way to love others – no matter who they are and to look at life the way that children do.