No wonder Jesus held up children as the example for us to follow; they have such tender, open hearts and they have so many wonderful qualities that we are prone to lose as we become adults, if we are not careful.
The older I get, the more I love them. I find them endearing, funny and lovable.
This week, in the household downstairs it was time for the annual back-to-school clothing shopping and so Brenda carefully went through both her girl's closets and assessed what they needed.
Victoria inherited a lot of clothes from Tiffany-Amber and needed only a few new things. Victoria is OK with that--she doesn't care where the clothes come from--she is just happy to have them. One thing she did need though was a new pair of shoes and she found a pair she adored at Zellers. It was very disappointing that they didn't have her size.
Today Brenda was in town alone and decided to try the Zellers at the other end of town. There she found the shoes--and in Victoria's size. She bought them and then called home.
"Honey, I found the shoes you wanted, in your size. I've got them," she said.
Victoria let out a squeal of excitement. She was beside herself with joy! Brenda heard her running down the hallway and shouting to her sister, "Tiffany-Amber--Mommy got the shoes--Mommy got the shoes!"
"Buying something for someone who is so appreciative, is so much fun," said Brenda.
"I think it must be the same for God," I said, "When we notice the special gifts he gives us and are delighted with them, I think it must be a blessing to him."
Just 13 months apart, the girls have a close relationship, often playing together for hours. in their imaginary world. They are both very different in personality and as they grow up it's fascinating to watch their development as individuals.
When Brenda took the girls shopping, Tiffany-Amber had an outburst at the mall. The mall is being expanded again and more fields are being turned into parking lot.
"They're always talking about global warming," she said, "And what do they do? They take out the trees and pour more concrete! What are they thinking? What's that about?"
Later on, she noticed that people had been throwing litter on the ground.
She picked up the garbage and said, "Every body's always talking about how bad it is to litter, and yet here they go--they throw their garbage on the ground. What's that all about?!"
And with righteous indignation she stormed over and threw it in the trash.
"You're a good citizen Tiffany-Amber," Victoria said, "A very good citizen."
Isaiah 11:6 (New Living Translation)
6 In that day the wolf and the lamb will live together;
the leopard will lie down with the baby goat.
The calf and the yearling will be safe with the lion,
and a little child will lead them all.