Quote of the Day: Childlike Innocence

 

“There’s nothing sadder in this world than to wake Christmas morning and not be a child.” — Erma Bombeck

“Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” — Jesus the Christ (Mark 10:15)

Best wishes for a Christmas filled with innocence, wonderment, and joy.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
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    Merry Christmas, Juliana.

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  2. Aaron Miller Inactive
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    People read or hear the same Bible passages over and over through a lifetime and find new meaning in them. Likewise, to receive God’s way like a child means not one but many things. 

    It is faith not stymied by unanswered questions. It is awe and wonder free of cynicism. It is eagerness to enjoy life; eagerness to learn about God’s creations; eagerness to know and enjoy people. It is boundless hope and daring imagination. 

    Adulthood provides the knowledge, the power, and the discipline to fulfill childish dreams. But the most joyful elders maintain the exuberant spirits of children.

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  3. Aaron Miller Inactive
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    My extended family has lost children and seen them suffer terribly. Though nothing provides much comfort in such circumstances, I like to believe that God welcomes small children into Heaven because He desires both the love of children and the love of adults in that new Eden. Apart from the process of maturation, childish love is beautiful in itself. Perhaps it will be an eternal beauty for some.

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  4. Vectorman Inactive
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    Aaron Miller (View Comment):
    It is faith not stymied by unanswered questions. It is awe and wonder free of cynicism. It is eagerness to enjoy life; eagerness to learn about God’s creations; eagerness to know and enjoy people. It is boundless hope and daring imagination. 

    It is so easy to be cynical. We need to be on guard for the errors of others, but must allow them to find their truth to joy.


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  5. OldPhil Coolidge
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    There’s nothing sadder in this world than to wake Christmas morning and not be a child.
    Erma Bombeck

    Well, apologies to Erma, but I can think of many sadder things.

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  6. Juliana Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    Merry Christmas, Juliana.

    Thank you, and to you and yours as well!

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  7. Stad Coolidge
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    Juliana:

    There’s nothing sadder in this world than to wake Christmas morning and not be a child.

    Erma Bombeck

    I have to disagree with Erma somewhat.  Waking up Christmas morning as a parent is awfully dang good.  I enjoyed watching the joy in our kids’ eyes when they ran into the living room and saw what Santa had brought them.  Even as adults in their mid-twenties, our three daughters still bring joy watching them open their presents.

    The only sad thing is two of them don’t live at home anymore, so I don’t get to watch them play with their presents like when they were little . . .

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