the innocence of a child

All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
and great shall be the peace of your children.

Isaiah 54:13

“For children are innocent and love justice,
while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy.”

G.K. Chesterton

(Autumn with her new sheep that Joy brought her)

I marvel daily at the tiny small gains of growth and knowledge.
I look into those glistening blue eyes highlighted by feathery little lashes…
small tiny hands reaching with the herky-jerky battle of involuntary versus control.
The longing to touch, to hold, to move, to sit upright…

How do you look at a child and question the existence of God?
How do you look at a child and consider an abortion?
How do you look at a child and selfishly put them in harm’s way?

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them.
But the disciples rebuked them.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
When he had placed his hands on them, he went on from there.

Matthew 19:13-15

5 comments on “the innocence of a child

  1. says:

    What a precious, little, lamb. The toy is cute too!

  2. Ahhh, love it! So cute…. 🙂

    Great G.K. Chesterton, quote too. I hadn’t thought of that before but kids tend to have a great love for justice. I think i spent most of my time as a mom explaining that, “No it actually is fair and just that you pick up your own things.” That little part of them that weighed and measured everything against what was fair and just was pretty instinctual, deeply ingrained. As adults we tend to forget that innate sense of right and wrong as our lives begin to reveal so many shades of grey. Jesus did say, come as a child, so perhaps coming back to that sense of fairness, that love for justice is a part of it.

  3. Lynda says:

    Autumn is certainly a beautiful little girl – God’s beautiful creation!

    Justice for me is a complex issue. Children have their own sense of justice; I have heard the plaintiff cry “It’s not fair!” many times as a parent, a grandparent, a teacher… When I think of justice, I think of getting what I deserve – usually suitable punishment; then there’s mercy where I don’t get I deserve but someone is merciful and kind to me; finally, there’s Grace where I get what I don’t deserve – the love and mercy and forgiveness of God. God calls me to be Christ-like and to share God’s Grace with others by loving and showing mercy and forgiveness.

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