Tuesday, March 05, 2013

The Chocolate-Covered "Yeah"

Scene: In the bathroom as mom is putting in her contacts for the day.

T: "One der, one der, one der ... one, two, fee, four, five!"

Me: "Do you know what those are?"

T: "No."

Me: "Those are crosses. Do you know what's significant about the cross?"

T: "No."

Me: "Jesus died on a cross for our sins."

T: "Yeah."

Such a simple statement, and yet it goes right over the head of my two year old. How many times do we make simple statements like that and miss the life-changing profundity of them. Well, there aren't actually any other simple statements quite like this; it is the life-changing statement.

Words spoken on a Tuesday morning to a son, about another son who died on a Friday. "How deep the Father's love for us, how vast beyond all measure, that he should give his only Son to make a wretch his treasure."

Easter is coming soon. I was convicted in this conversation that my heart tends to respond to this celebration with a chocolate-covered, pastel-colored "yeah." May it not be so; may it never be so. May mother and son, together, learn to respond enthusiastically to this greatest of Loves, the greatest of Gifts.

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