Sunday, January 6, 2013

Day 6: Children

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Day 6:

11Light dawns for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
12Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!
                                                Psalm 97:11-12

I remember riding in the back of the car as a child, peppering my mom and dad with questions as we drove around town or went out on our family vacations. Back then, no questions was too silly to ask and every answer was longed for. Part of the fun was trying to stump my parents and see how they would respond if I happened to ask them that tricky question.

Now the tables have been turned.

Earlier this week, the girls were riding in the back of the truck and started asking me all sorts of questions – the kind of questions I used to ask my parents, the kind of questions that as adults we tend to pass right over and silly. But as I answered all of their questions the best that I could, I was taken back to those innocent and care-free days of life. To have the freedom to ask any question, and not think it was silly. To have the trust that asking a question would not elicit a laugh, but rather a thoughtful answer, and to have the ability to see the world as an overall good place. With just a few questions, my mind flashed back to what it was like to live in that innocent child world once again.

So I am thankful to see the world through my daughters’ eyes. I am thankful to have my eyes opened to their world and the beauty that resides there.  I am thankful that silly questions can be asked and answered, and that the innocence of children can inspire others.

In what ways have children blessed and inspired you over the years?

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