As young kids, somewhere between the ages of 2-8 years old, we have those bright, bright eyes whereas we see all in terms of a world of fantasy.
In those days, we believe in Peter Pan, in Santa Claus, that the good guys always win and in Cinderella. There are many other ‘good guys’ that we adored and thought one day we’d grow up to be just like them.
Something happens though as we grow older. Our nature becomes totally contaminated. We grow old and mean.
Where as a child we believed in everything and in all things, as an adult we believe only in the bad if we believe in anything at all. In short, we lose our innocence.
Mostly because of our dreams being disrupted and destroyed, we become cynical, suspicious, distrusting—hurt, wounded and where once we embraced the good—we learn to integrate into the world of survival.
Such it is without innocence, for that loveable facet of youth disintegrates and is destroyed. Long gone becomes our hopes, our dreams—we grow bitter and paranoid.
Where as teenagers even, there is that glow the illusion of love and bonding forever, by adulthood there is nothing but the promise of misery.
And so for broken people such as my self, we have Jesus. After all the other images are faded, withdrawn and far into the background of fabrication, we sink to our knees at the feet of our Lord God.
There, we can tune into our innocence once again. With Jesus we have His comfort—His hope—His dreams and there, we have no loss. We have goodness, purity and yes, we have innocence. And then, for all that which we have lost, we discover that in Jesus, we were found. We soon learn that Jesus was never lost at all. And with Jesus we have the most profound and pure substance of nothing but goodness that transcends everything that was ever innocent.
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Well, again you have captured a real thing, Tom. I grew up a very serious person, and my innocence disappeared at a very young age. I spent 45 years being the most somber, serious guy on the planet, much to the detriment of those around me. Then, I answered the call of my Lord, and for some 10 years have looked at life with a more childlike wonder. I still tend towards seriousness and moroseness at times, but it gets better each day. Thanks to Him!
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