Children are so precious because they have just left the presence of God and come to earth to teach us lessons in patience, abiding love, tenderness, innocence, kindness, etc. We are very grateful to welcome our newest grandchild into the world.
The following excerpts are from a talk entitled, “Precious Children–A Gift from God,” by Thomas S. Monson.
…….”From the book of Matthew we learn that after Jesus and His disciples descended from the Mount of Transfiguration, they paused at Galilee, then came to Capernaum. The disciples said unto Jesus, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?
“And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,
“And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
“Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
“And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.
“But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matt. 18:1–6.)
I think it significant that Jesus loved these little ones who so recently had left the preexistence to come to earth. Children then and children now bless our lives, kindle our love, and prompt our good deeds.
Is it any wonder that the poet Wordsworth speaks thus of our birth: “Trailing clouds of glory do we come/ From God, who is our home.” (William Wordsworth, “Ode: es its members to participate in parent-teacher activities and other events designed to improve the education of our youth.
When doing so, the truth of the words of Charles M. Dickenson come to mind:
They are idols of hearts and households;
They are angels of God in disguise;
The sunlight still sleeps in their tresses,
His glory still gleams in their eyes,
These truants from home and from Heaven,
They have made me more manly and mild;
And I know now how Jesus could liken
The Kingdom of God to a child………”
My dear brothers and sisters, may the laughter of children gladden our hearts. May the faith of children soothe our souls. May the love of children prompt our deeds. “Children are an heritage of the Lord.” (Ps. 127:3.) May our Heavenly Father ever bless these sweet souls, these special friends of the Master, is my humble and earnest prayer. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen……”
One of my favorite poems is by William Wordsworth
Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting:
The soul that rises with us, our life’s Star,
Hath had elsewhere its setting,
And cometh from afar:
Not in entire forgetfulness,
And not in utter nakedness,
But trailing clouds of glory do we come
From God, who is our home:
Heaven lies about us in our infancy!
William Wordsworth, Ode: Intimations of Immortality from Recollections of Early Childhood (1884), 23–24.
Our family is so thankful to welcome this new little spirit into the world. Nothing softens my heart more than the precious sight of a newborn babe. At this time of year we celebrate the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. His light is still shining and encouraging us to serve others just as He did. The greatest gift is a new baby born and one that blesses us with a renewed inspiration of hope. Merry Christmas to our family.