In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph.
"A mother lovingly watches her 3 year old play in the warm sand of the beach. She becomes absorbed in her daughter's pure enjoyment of the sunshine, her simple understanding of the world around her, and her utmost delight in the sand flowing between her fingers and toes. She wonders how she could become more like her little child, careless and free. I have also pondered the virtue of being child-like, and have thought about the words of Jesus regarding children. There are several portions of Scripture in the Gospels that portray how Jesus views children. I would like to explore them in more depth. I am interested in this topic because I am planning to be a pediatric nurse and because I work with inner city children as a youth leader. I think there is something about children that most adults admire, so hopefully I am not alone in my quest to learn more about Jesus and children."
"Jesus and the Children in the Gospels,"
Verbum: Vol. 6:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://fisherpub.sjf.edu/verbum/vol6/iss1/10