The disciples of Christ Jesus once asked, "Who is the greatest...

The disciples of Christ Jesus once asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" And Matthew's Gospel continues: "Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, and said, ... Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven" (18:1–4).

I have always felt that I understood what Jesus was saying when he spoke of the "little child," but the deeper import of Jesus' reply to his disciples has been more fully elucidated for me since I became a father. What a blessing it is to experience daily a precious smile of pure joy or that loving embrace of innocence before we say good night.

February 19, 1996
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