At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: ”Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

Matthew 18:1-5

By Christy Duvall

I love children. My career has always been about doing what is best for kids at school. At home, I have been blessed with 3 wonderful daughters, and I have truly enjoyed every stage with them. I have also been blessed with neighbors who have amazing children. Currently, our neighbors also have 3 daughters and each one of them is so special in her own way. But there is just something about Taryn. 

When I read Matthew 18:1-5, I see Taryn. As a baby, anytime we saw Taryn she was laid back and easy going. She was quiet, she smiled, she watched. She would be held and cuddled by anyone, and could put even those nervous to hold a baby at ease. As she has grown, she is still quiet and smiley. She seems to sense who it is that needs to snuggle her and read to her, because it often fills our cups more than it could possibly fill hers. She will sit and listen to story after story after story. She shares with her sisters and will often let them go ahead of her. If I just drop by, she will give me a look that is just heart wrenching, and I  end up taking her home with me for just a little while, and boy do I enjoy those moments with her. Oh, and when it is time to leave, she blows so many kisses. She makes you feel loved. 

I believe this is the child Jesus was talking about. He wants us to be like Taryn. He wants us to watch and listen. He wants us to make others feel at ease. He wants us to pay attention and know who it is that needs that extra something. He wants us to serve our neighbors. He wants us to love.