Children are human beings. No, really, they are. Little versions of you; little images of God. It’s easy for grown-ups to dwell in the upper regions and forget to visit those who tread closer to the earth. It’s not all that far down there, so be sure to pay regular visits to their world and look them in the eye. They can only come up to where you are very slowly—it’s a long journey—it takes years. But you can drop in on them any time and they’re usually glad to see you. Moreover, they see and hear things that we‘ve forgotten.

We have a lot to learn from these little ones; they’re God’s gifts to us. If we take the time for extended visits with them now, perhaps they won’t be strangers later. Like the rest of us, Jesus started out down there Himself; He knows, He remembers, He still loves the little children, and so should we.

Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them. —Mark 10:13-16