Friday, September 14, 2007

This makes us want a kid...

This appeared on my sister's friend's blog, who also lives in NYC. Really random how we came across it, but so absolutely beautiful we just had to post it here. All the names are changed because we don't know the people, but keep Jesus' words in mind as you read this.

Matthew 18:2-4 (New International Version)

"He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

"James' parents visited last weekend,
bringing us some furniture that had been in storage.
We passed the World Trade Center site a few times while they were here, coming or going from this thing or that. At one point, James' mother stopped to take a few photos, and Riley and I stopped for a difficult life lesson.

"But why are they doing so much construction here?" Riley asked.

I picked him up so he could better see, and I scrambled for an answer appropriate for a 4 year old. "Once, before we lived here, right here were the two tallest buildings in New York. Lots and lots of people worked here. And then, honey, a few years ago, some people who don't understand God's love did a terrible thing. They took airplanes and flew them in the buildings. The buildings started on fire and fell down, and many, many people died." I stopped there. Was that too much for him? Would he understand the gravity of the situation?

Riley looked at me and held my eyes for a moment, testing me to see if my words were the truth. Then he tucked his head into my neck and cried. I looked silently out at the site and allowed him to share in the grief of so many.

His tears were brief as his optimistic and hopeful spirit buoyed. Riley picked up his head and looked at me, inspired.

"But they're building a new one, right? And it will be strong, STRONG! "

"Yep. They'll build it so it is very safe. And we'll pray that God protects the city, too."

"They will build it out of BRICKS. Then it will be so strong."

I walked on with him then, praying that God would protect the city and my son's tender heart."


Anonymous said...

Yes, and it is preparing your hearts for one, too.
Thank you for sharing this tender story.
Mom T

Amy said...

:) This family is one of my favorites up here and I read their blog daily. If you ever come back up, you will have to meet this little boy. He is SO funny and precious. Read all of their stuff if you ever have free time-it's all either amazing or really funny. Love you guys.

Amy said...

If anyone else wants to read their blog, go to

Alisa Kelleen said...

wow. i hope our kid says such awesome stuff! i think we all said awesome stuff like that once...before we grew up.

kind of like Christ said then, huh? be like a little child, and you will have a heart after mine (paraphrase mine, obviously).

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