My twin boys, now six, are still little enough to let me sneak a snuggle.
So, I do, as often as I can.
I tuck their sleep-warmed bodies close in the morning and press my aging cheek to their soft skinned faces. I drink in the profile of their noses and eyelashes, still boyishly soft, perfection. I ask for monkey-hugs after school and end the day with bedtime kisses on cheeks, hair and foreheads.
It was during one such snuggle session, with my heart full-to-bursting, I told Levi, “My love for you is so big. It’s as big as this whole room!”
He turned in my embrace and eyed me with a look of serious appraisal. “You mean, the whole house?” he asked.
I paused, afraid my expansive expression of love might not measure up. “Yes,” I said.
But, he caught my hesitation and asked further, “Is that what you meant?”
Found out, I replied, “Well, I meant this room.”
Quickly, he added, “And the whole galaxy?”
“Yes,” I said.
“That’s how it is for me too,” he concluded, then turned and settled back into my lap.
I felt my heart expand, my love grew ten sizes larger, returning to a size somewhat closer to what it must have been when I too was a child of six, still willing to seek a snuggle.
Children love on an epic scale, maybe this is why Christ tells us to turn and return again to a child-like heart. Here's hoping your heart grows a little larger today, too.