Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people;
but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.”
Matt 19: 13-14
I know this passage is meant to indicate that heaven is for the innocent. And yet anyone who has had children knows, they can be mean, sly, violent, bullying, thieving, self-centred and more. Rearing a child is in part teaching them to tame or eradicate these tendencies and accentuate the positive. Certainly, much more so than adults, children are spontaneously loving and affectionate, willing to accept people as they are, trusting them without reservation.
God, help me to nurture and develop the best of the child within me.