‘Little joy-givers, big joys'

There are joys in life that money cannot buy. One of these are little children who, by their own joy, innocence, laughter, their little loving ways, and by their mere presence, give us adults much joy, much much joy.

I know mothers and fathers, grandmas and grandpas, uncles and aunts can relate to this. These joy-givers are little, but the joy they give is big.

No wonder our dear Lord told his disciples: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (Mt 19:14)

We are all children of God. This we know, and is often said to and by us.

Jesus called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. "(Mt. 18:2-4)

Little children, in their innocence, in their simplicity, and the way they relate to one another, have things to teach us.

"Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven… For the one who is least among all of you is the one who is the greatest. (Mt 18:4; Luke 9:48)

We have seven little joy-givers in our family. God has given them to us, and we are grateful.

For they are a reflection of the joy of our Lord's presence in us. Some time, as He promised, that joy will be complete . . . and will last forever (John 15:11)

"It is written: “- No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined,

what God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor 2:9)

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