The concept or story behind the composition is this: Christ favors the little children and calls upon them to come to Him.
“He felt so much love [for them] and happiness that he wept. ”
Little Ava here is very much alive, and that is why she isn’t looking directly at Christ, who has His hand outstretched to her (as He does to us all), she can’t see Him but she can feel Him near (which is why she has her hand up to her cheek). … ❤