How do you define the word, “holy”? Do you think of the word “holy” only with reference to dead saints from centuries ago? Or, perhaps, only in connection to Mother Teresa? Or, the Pope. Or, maybe, just with Jesus?
Well, you would be wrong in your thinking because every day millions of infants are born into God’s world, who are truly holy!
According to the dictionary the word “holy” has many meanings and most can be attributed to the newborns, infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers with which God blesses a young married couple.
When you read the following definitions of the word “holy”, think about the little, innocent, sinless children you know.
Each and every one of these descriptions can be applied, in one way or the other, to newborns, infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
“Holy” means:“In a moral sense, pure, sinless, upright, holy.““Belonging to, derived from, or associated with, a divine power; sacred.”“Which is the more sacred because made by God himself.”“Living, or undertaken with highly moral, or spiritual purpose; saintly: a holy person; a holy way of life.”“Regarded as deserving special respect or reverence.”“Of things which on account of some connection with God possess a certain distinction and claim to reverence.”“Set apart by (or for) God, holy, sacred.”
So, the next time your little one’s “antics” test your patience – remember, in God’s eyes, they are truly holy and so they should be to you as well. And as a result, in the midst of their mischief – smile, look for their halos and remember, God is watching because He has entrusted their care, on earth, to you.
One day, He will ask you if you were worthy of the enormous gift of the innocent, sweet and holy lives that He bestowed upon you.
For your children’s sake, and yours, I hope your answer will be a resounding, Yes!
You are right K. Children are our gift and we will have to account for how we taught them, treated them, and trained them in our own lives.
I couldn’t agree more.
This reminds me of a line from The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens which I will never forget: “I love these little people [children]; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.”
Lovely. And so true. With so much abuse, in connection with so many little children’s lives in recent years, the country would do well to recall Dickens’ words more often. Thank you for the quote.