photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/April 2010
Pure Joy
originally written & posted
8 May 10
Today I saw the face of pure joy and love.

As we were at an outdoor picnic today, I waved at familiar faces sitting at a different table.  Their little girl’s eyes lit up and soon she was running across the grass toward me, arms stretched open wide and she was wearing the biggest, happiest smile on her face!

Did I mention that I had never met this little one before?

I rose from my seat to meet her and accept this freely offered hug…
and just as she reached me she was intercepted by a quick and considerate parent who didn’t want me wearing the ranch dressing that was dripping from her hands.  LOL!  

When I saw that little girl running toward me with open arms, I didn’t see the state of her hands (or her face which also was laced with dressing. *giggles*).
What I did see…and what I will never forget…
was unselfish love and pure joy.

I saw the embodiment of unconditional love. 
: )

I admire the parents for wanting to make sure I wasn’t bothered by her exuberance or stained by her messy hands or face…
but what they didn’t know is that I truly didn’t mind.
I would have worn those stains with pride.

Soiled clothing is such a small price to pay for such a beautiful experience.

“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’  He called a little child and had him stand among them.  And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.  Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.  And whoever welcomes a little child like in my name welcomes me.’”
Matthew 10:1-5

See that you do not look down on one of these little ones.  For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”
Matthew 18:10
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