I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Jesus, in Matthew 18:3)
Childhood held for me some of the most magical moments.
Blowing dandelion puffballs while making a wish, certain the wish would come true. Picking blackberries until our hands were stained red. Playing kick-the-can until dusk had settled and we could hardly tell one another apart in the dark.
But as I grew, I was in for a few surprises. At school, my teacher told us that the sun was a star. And more astonishing, I found out, the sun doesn’t rise and set; the earth rotates. Dandelions are weeds. And don’t remind me about the day I learned the truth about the tooth fairy.
How was I to hold on to joy in the middle of such disillusionment? Next week some thoughts in Part 2.
What did Jesus mean when He said that we must become like little children to enter the kingdom of heaven?