Speaking of: Learning from children

July 2, 2010 — 1 Comment

At some point, each of us comes face-to-face with the valley of the shadow of death. We can’t ignore it. We can’t remain neutral with evil. We either give up and distance ourselves, or we learn to walk with the Shepherd. There is no middle ground…. Both the child and the cynic walk through the valley of the shadow of death. The cynic focuses on the darkness; the child focuses on the Shepherd.

Paul Miller in The Praying Life

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The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial. As we walk the streets and see below us those delightful bulbous heads, three times too big for the body…we ought always primarily remember that within every one of these heads is a new universe, as new as it was on the seventh day of creation. In each of those orbs there is a new system of stars, new grass, new cities, a new sea.

G.K. Chesterton

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“Do you hear what these children are saying?” they asked him.

“Yes,” replied Jesus, “have you never read, ‘From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise’?”
Matthew 21:16

This Week’s Special

My heart is not proud, O LORD,
my eyes are not haughty;
I do not concern myself with great matters
or things too wonderful for me.

But I have stilled and quieted my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.

O Israel, put your hope in the LORD
both now and forevermore.

Psalm 131

One response to Speaking of: Learning from children

  1. 

    Thanks Annie. I love that Chesterton quote. I just finished rereading Orthodoxy and picked up Everlasting Man. Have you ever read Charles Malik's The Wonder of Being? It is a critique of the Enlightenment's grip on the modern mind, but on Kant in particular. You can skip the stuff on Kant and find it to be a wonderful book. He was the first author I read some thirty years ago who told us to become like little children.

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