Children know how to worship. That’s why Jesus says we must become like children to receive the kingdom of God (Mark 10:15). They live in a world of wonder and delight in God’s beauty that we lose when we acquire the curse of shameful self-preoccupation represented in the story of Adam and Eve’s loss of innocence. We can only regain our innocence when we accept the unconditional grace God offers through Jesus Christ and renounce every attempt to justify ourselves before God through our pious performances. When we stop performing for a God we think is scowling at the universe, then we can discover the warm gaze of the One who delights in our delight. It’s only within the perfect safety of God’s loving gaze that we can delight in God authentically and become conduits of the love that is poured into us.