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An Object Lesson

Yesterday was a wonderful day for me as a mother. Since it was Good Friday, when Joash asked where we were going today, I said, "Church. Even though it is Friday." I then tried to do my best to explain that we went to church today to remember that Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins and we go to church to praise God and worship God for doing that for us. He remembered that and even told it to Wilbert when he came in from that barn.

At our church service, the ushers handed out pieces of paper with red dots on them. During the final song of the service, the congregation was invited to come to the cross, place the paper in a tub of water and watch it disappear. It was very crowded to get to the front, which is good. So, while we were waiting (and this pregnant mom was getting really uncomfortable. I just needed to stand up and stretch my back out a bit), I thought maybe we should just take our paper home and do it with Joash. Wilbert agreed and I snuck out to stretch out and get Joash from nursery.

Last night, after supper, we asked Joash if he remembered why we went to church that morning. He did, which was neat to hear. Then we read the series of Good Friday stories from his Children's Bible for devotions. Then I got a clear container of water and put it in front of Joash. We talked about sin a bit and did our best to explain that the paper with the red dot is like our sin. Then Joash put the paper in the water and watched it disappear.

"Where it go?" "I pick it up." "Go under here?" Joash could not figure out what had happened to the paper. He tried to grab it out of the water, he lifted up the container looking for it. But is was gone. And we told him that is what happens to our sin because of what Jesus has done for us.

I don't know if all of the connections were made in his mind, but I do know that a seed of faith was planted. It was so amazing to see it all through my child's eyes.


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