my heart is breaking for my dear little boy.
the one who isn’t so little anymore.
the one who like to pour through any and all books.
he was looking through a collection of New York Times front pages today. it is a book his daddy got as a present several years ago. it is truly fascinating to look through, and he does so often.
today, i heard him quietly crying from the downstairs.
i called to him, and he said it was something he had to show me, he couldn’t explain.
i went down to him and he showed me a picture of a building that had been bombed. below that graphic picture was a horrifying picture of a man holding a small child, not more than a few months old.
the man was cradling a limp child and getting ready to hand the babe over to an EMS worker.
even in black and white it was evident there was blood on both the man and child.
and my own child had tears streaming down his face.
oh, that i could protect him from the terrors of this world. that i could shelter him from the evil things that people do to each other.
but i cannot. bad things happen. our family will likely survive a tragedy of some sort. probably not on such a grand scale, but a tragedy nonetheless.
how do i prepare his young heart and mind to absorb it all?
we don’t watch TV, they don’t see the news, and they rarely hear anything other than HisKids or audio books.
but i still cannot protect him from everything.
i had to tell him that i was sorry he had to see that picture, but that bad things happen. evil exists in this world because of the fall. we live in a sinful world.
the good news, i told him, lies in Jesus Christ. that He came to save us from our own sin, from our own selves. He lived a sinless life, died a horrible death, and was resurrected by the Father God. He now stands in the gap that sin created. He spans that great chasm for us, so that we might stand before God and be free from the wrath that comes from our sinful lives. He takes our place.
my son doesn’t quite understand this yet. he wants to mete out his own justice and seek revenge on the people who caused the death and destruction he saw in those images. i can only pray that i will continue to be able to direct him gently and show him who God is and how Jesus can be his Savior.
that and cry with him when his heart hurts so much he cannot even find words to speak what is on his heart.