God and candy

Greg Stier
Greg Stier
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“Hey Jeremy.”

“Yeah dad?”

“You remember what Easter is all about right?”

“Sure dad…God and candy.”

I’m sure the risen Lord was smiling too as my little boy shared his thoughts with me. Right there and then we had a chat about the more specific reason for this season (aka “the resurrection of our Lord”). When I was finished with my sermonette he just smiled and said, “I know dad” then asked me for a cookie.

A kid’s theology may not technically be correct on every count (whose is?) but they sure do have a fresh, innocent and unique view of the holidays we celebrate and the God we serve. I love that Jeremy sees Jesus as ever present…because he is. I love that Jeremy sees Jesus as the strongest person in the universe…because he is. I love that Jeremy sees Jesus as the ultimate superhero…because he is.

And now my little two year old Kailey is starting to talk more and more. I can’t wait for the hard candy shell and chocolate gooey center “theological” conversations we are going to be having in the months and years to come.

This little girl is different than Jeremy. She is sugar and spice…a lot of spice. And she has got me wrapped around her tiny little fingers. I told Jeremy that when she does something bad he gets the spanking. She’s too cute to spank (I’m kidding of course. No kid is that cute. And for those of you who have a problem with spanking why don’t you just take a “time out” and think about it.)

I wonder when my little Kailey will start talking about God. She loves to pray outloud. Whenever I start to pray she says, “I pray. I pray.” And she kind of echoes my prayers in her own toddler dialect along with me. Cute. Cute. Cute.

As we come to this easter season I thank God for my wife and two wonderful kids. The resurrected Jesus gave me something special when he blessed me with this wonderful family.

But the best give he gave was his own life. His death, burial and resurrection paved the way for our forgiveness and restoration to what God originally intended for all of humanity…an unhindered, unrelenting, unending relationship with him.

So thank you God for the ultimate gift. Thank you for your Son…

(and candy!)

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