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Nathan looked up at the sky and said, “Hi, God! I love you! How are you?” as he waved his hand.
“You talking to God?” I asked.
“Yeah, God’s in the clouds,” he replied. Then he put both hands on my face, tilted my head up towards the sky and said, “Say hi God!”
I’m not sure if he wanted me to say hi to God, or if he was asking God to say hi to me.
You see, I’ve been talking to Nathan a lot about God. To explain God in terms that his little mind can understand, I told him that God lives really, really far away… further than the sky. He lives so far away that we can’t see him, but he has really good eyesight so he can see us. And good hearing, too, so he can hear us. I tell Nathan that God loves him so very much, to which Nathan always replies, “I love God too!”
My sweet, sweet baby. The look on his face says it all; he really does love God. Even though he’s never seen God, he loves him nonetheless. To me, that is pure preciousness.
You see, my religion is extremely important to me. I want to bring Nathan up to know God and to love him, but not to the point that I’m shoving the Bible down his throat. I want him to love God because he WANTS to love God. The best I can do, I think, is to talk to him about God and guide him in the right direction, and pray God does the rest.
So far, God seems to be doing just that.
Well, the past couple days have been busy! Yesterday my mom, Nathan, and I all went shopping… we hit a huge consignment sale and I’m not even kidding when I say we hit the jackpot and found a ton of super cute clothes for Nathan. So we were gone all day, and Nathan wasn’t able to take his nap until after five o’clock in the evening. Little guy was so tired that he fell right asleep instead of bickering with me for half an hour!
Wednesday was also really busy… We went to church Wednesday morning for bible study, and afterwards, we all decided to go out to eat together. When we left the restaurant, however, Nathan had a meltdown as I was trying to get him into his car seat. So I bribed him with the promise to take him to the park if he behaved and minded me.
So of course, he acted like a perfect little angel after I said that.
So he and I went to the park, and for the first time, he INITIATED climbing up the stairs to go down the slide! (I usually have to talk him into it.) Nathan and I had blast going down all the slides together, and I have to tell you that my heart does a special little pitter-patter when he gleefully says “Wheeeeeeeee!” as we zoom down together. There is nothing more special than seeing and hearing your kid having fun.
I couldn’t take Nathan to church with me Wednesday evening because he had a late nap and was still sleeping when I left, but church was great. Sunday is Palm Sunday (for those of you who may not be familiar with Christianity, it is the Sunday before Easter, the day that Jesus made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem) so Wednesday evening, we made Palm Crosses. It was my first time with the whole experience of making Palm Crosses (because up until I joined my church, an Episcopal church, I had only attended southern Baptist churches that never participated in such events).
It was enlightening and a ton of fun making those Palm Crosses. I am totally looking forward to the Blessing of the Palms on Palm Sunday and our Easter Service!!!
So anyway, it’s been a busy couple of days. Today, I took Nathan to the park and now it’s past his nap time, so this mama is off to take the little man to bed.