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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Childlike Faith

Tucking Timo in tonight, he asked, 'How long is it until I die?'

I told him only God knows - it can be a day, a week, a year or 100 years!  But the Bible tells us that every day of our lives He already knows and has planned for and He will take us home and help us when that time comes.

Then he said, 'I wonder what it's like to die.'

I guess we all wonder that.  And I wish we all gave it a little more thought, because even the wisest man ever (apart from the Lord!) said it is better to go to the house of mourning than to the house of partying.  It is good for us to consider our end rather than squander our days without giving a thought to what is to come - for good or bad!

Even so, Timo pressed on: 'Will the world ever end?'

He's 6 by the way.  In 1st grade.  He's wondering if there's school tomorrow - because of a potential strike.  But he lumps those questions all together - school, death, the end of the world.  You know, your normal, run-of-the-mill type of 6 year old questions.

We talked about going to heaven and seeing God.

'How does God know everything and take care of everyone?'

'He's very smart.'

'I bet He's as big as this whole world.'

'Bigger than we can imagine.'

And on it went.

'How do you know you'll go to heaven, Timo?'

'Because I told God I was sorry and because He forgave me by sending Jesus to die on the cross for all the bad things I've done.'

'Did He stay dead?'

'No.'

'How do you know that?  Did I tell you that?'

'It was at the place we had craft class - in the summer (VBS - at Warrenville Bible Chapel) - they had a song, He Arose! We sang it.  Jesus rose from the dead.'

And Timo began to hum and sing it so we knew what he was talking about.

As a musician, as a Mother, as a believer and follower of Jesus, it warms my heart to know the impact of a song on the young heart and soul of my child.

A song was what it took to help him know the truths of Scripture.  An old song, at that.

They say the songs we sing are the things we believe.  And this illustrates it perfectly.  Be careful what you sing.  Be careful what you let your children sing.  Because the message will sink in and sink deep.


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