This morning we were blessed with another one of Ryan’s great quotes.
Before we went to church, we realized that there was probably going to be communion today. Luke had been asking about communion now for a while. He didn’t understand why he could not take it if he had already asked Jesus into his heart. Our church believes that anyone who has a relationship with Jesus can join us in communion regardless of church affiliation or age. Ted thought that maybe today would be a good day for Luke to start, so we sat him down and wanted to talk to him about what it really means and to see if he really understood what was going on. Ted asked Luke, “So why did Jesus die?” Ryan not wanting to be left out piped in, “So I don’t have to sit on the time-out stair.” And there you have it, what communion means to a 3 year old.
On a side note, Luke seemed to have a good understanding of the concepts behind communion – why Jesus died, what the bread and the wine represented, what happened at the Last Supper, and that Jesus rose again. As a result, we let Luke join communion for the first time today. He was so excited. He is getting to be such a big kid.
In case you missed the other Ryan quote that was posted to facebook, it went something like this:
Ryan grabbed a plastic screwdriver from his workbench and went up to our neighbor Matt. “Do you have anything broke that needs fixing?”
Matt decided to play with him a little: “My heart is broken,” he answered sadly.
Ryan got a very concerned look on his face and wasn’t sure what to do. Then finally Ryan answered, “Jesus can fix that….Do you have anything else that needs fixing?”
Now with these stories you would think that our little 3 year old really understands what it means to be a Christian except for 6 months ago we heard Ryan growling and hissing at his chest. We asked him what was going on. His answer, “I don’t want Jesus inside my heart so I am trying to scare him out.” Now can you imagine my little 3 year old thinks there is a little man named Jesus walking around inside his heart. Poor guy. However, I think Ryan might be starting to grasp the concepts a little better now judging by his last several comments.
I am just glad I wasn’t the target of all of the leaf throwing this year.