This is a cautionary tale while at the same time provoking happy thoughts.
Funny how we are repeaters of what we hear. We pick up accents, catch phrases, words we enjoy and make them our own.
Our present life lesson of this is heard continually as our little great-grand-lad goes through his day. He repeats it all, whatever he hears, from all he hears, whether folk of flesh and blood, or his newest friends Pooh and Tigger. It is charming, really while at the same time making one conscious of what and how one speaks!
In today's reading, I came across, in the midst of the familiar something not seen before. Again a phrase heard and claimed. And later on repeated. This time by the apostle John. John chapter 13 gives us the picture. The one whom Jesus loved is leaning back against Jesus, or so reads the ESV, and he hears Jesus calling his men "little children".
So it came to pass, in his writings, John repeats and makes this phrase his own referring to his beloved ones as "my little children".
All this warms the heart, doesn't it? A wise lesson too.