Recently I found myself becoming annoyed with several people I knew. In praying about the situation and knowing it wasn’t right to feel that way, the thought came to me that when our little cat does something not quite right, I usually say “Oh, you’re a good boy – you didn’t mean it”. The same when a small child doesn’t do something right, it’s easy to say to the child, “You didn’t mean that – you’re good”. I began to think about why it is so easy to show grace and forgiveness to small children or animals. It’s because I think of them as innocent – harmless and needing cherishing and protecting. Somehow I had accepted the belief that as we grow older we lose our innocence and childlikeness.
But what is the difference between children and older people? There is none. There is no time when we lose our innocence. It is God-given – the same yesterday, and today and forever. It cannot diminish or be taken away or hidden. Innocence must be affirmed and cherished and protected in all of God’s children around the world. Think what good would become apparent it I began every day affirming innocence in everyone I encountered or thought about.
Mary Lou, Member