One of my nick names at work was Little Ray, something to do with my height and the fact that I was happy most of the time.
Now that I am older and I have children, I look at them and in my mind think "they are my little rays", they are sunshine sent from my Father in Heaven, little glimmers of hope, reminding me that despite Satans influences, there is still beauty and love in the world.
I reflect on children at school, and my love for all of them. As I look at children who don't have as much love in their home, I see their desire to be loved, I see that they crave attention and want to know that they are important.
What a great responsibility we have to love all children, whether they are born into our families or belong to friends or even strangers. You must never underestimate the power in acknowleding a child. You must never underestimate the power in giving a smile to a child. It is through their eyes that we can learn unconditional love and submission.
Next time we see a child, smile, say hello, think of what lessons we can learn from these beautiful rays of sunshine, these glimmers of hope for the future. Pray for them, love them, listen to them, teach them and be taught by them. In these things come great joy.