And he said, "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
It's so exciting to see Savannah Jane, my second granddaughter, growing so fast and learning so much. Unlike her big sister, Virginia Rose, Savannah has the added advantage of a sibling to help her develop skills and confidence. I love to see, in these photos my daughter, Sarah, took, how marvelously these two are getting along!
Being almost four years apart, I envision a future of spats between these two, no matter how famously they are bonding at the moment. Virginia, at age twelve or thirteen, will label her younger sister as a pesky pest and a know-nothing. Savannah, heartbroken, will cry to mom and dad, and not understand why Virginia will no longer play dolls with her or allow her to enter her bedroom.
There will be differences. There will be fights. There will simply be the amplitude of years and maturation which create a divide.
Yet, my prayer remains: Lord, let them always know they are sisters in love and grace, even while their eyes and emotions are clouded by doubts and uncertainties.
I will keep and treasure these joyful photos exactly for those times when my granddaughters find themselves at odds. They will serve to remind them of the sheer bliss little children share, a happiness which is too often lost in adulthood when we neglect to nurture our inner child.
These photos, for me, are a glimpse into the kingdom of heaven. I pray they are for you, too, my friends.
What are you doing today to nurture that inner child in you? The one who enters the kingdom of heaven?
Prayer: Father, we give thanks to You today that you have claimed us as Your children. May we never lose sight of our inner child, that part of us filled with wonder, awe, kindness, and abounding in love, that we might enter Your kingdom with rejoicing. In Jesus' precious name, we pray. Amen.