As I was giving the kids a bath yesterday morning Zach said, "Jesus died on the cross to take away our sins and shame. It sounds weird, but I believe it!" I asked him who says it sounds weird... To which he replied, "I do!! It does sound weird. But I totally believe it. I know that Jesus is God's son and God sent him to die on the cross so I could be forgiven of my sins and live forever in heaven with God and Jesus after I die. When I'm like 100, you know. And I made my decision when I was a kid, not an adult. I decided when I was 5 1/2 that Jesus is my savior!"
Our children have been hearing about God since they were born. And Zachary is a deep thinker who cares more about people and relationships than anything else. We could see that he had faith in the Lord when he was very little. And he seemed to really get it, but we wanted his declaration of a decision (his word) to be all his own. I'd imagined it happening while we were fully clothed and all together... Not during bath and when Daddy was at work! But, it happened in Zach's words and completely without our prompting. It was truly one of the happiest days of our lives. Our son is a Christian. I'm pleased as punch to know that one day Zachary will be with Bryan and me in heaven... You know, like, after we're 100.
As I'm sure every family does on the day one proclaims his decision, we went out to dinner and to an arcade!
After some arcade fun, we headed home to celebrate with cake and sparkling grape juice.
And Daddy finally had a chance to sit down with his son and some scripture... and some prayer time.
Indeed, it is.