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|At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh! Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven. For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. ~ Matthew 18:1-11 (KJV)
I should hope that I never grow so old as to forget what it is like to laugh and play as a child, enjoying the simpler things of life. I hope that I shall never grow so old that I spend my life living enclosed in a box, wearing blinders, and having obscure vision, but that I may still be able to view the world through the eyes of an innocent child as a place of beauty and wonder as God created it to be. I pray that I shall never grow so old that my heart becomes cold and calloused, shutting out the world and only thinking of myself, but that I can be as accepting as a child who has a warm heart and open arms to welcome in everyone he meets. But most of all, I sincerely pray that I shall never grow so old as to forget what it is to be loved, but even more importantly, to love unconditionally as with the heart of a child.
~ Keith Lionel Brown