Thursday, December 07, 2006

The Gospel... according to a two year old

My mom and my aunt made a Jesse Tree for our family, and it came in the mail yesterday! I carefully hung it on our dust mop handle and balanced it on some moldings. Then Squeaky and I decorated it with the felt ornaments.

Each day in December one of the ornaments is replaced with a felt symbol of a Bible story or principle. The story starts with creation and the fall of man and goes through the Bible tracing God's redemptive plan. The last few days before Christmas Day reveal Christ's death, resurrection and ascension.

I had to make up for days 1-4 and also include day 5 since we received the tree only yesterday. I quickly summarized the verses for Squeaky, who was clearly distracted by the felt decorations. She helped to put up the world, moon, fish, and man symbols. I explained to her about God creating these things. Day 5 is the story of Adam and Eve sinning, and the symbol is a snake.

I wasn't really sure how much she comprehended until we reviewed it for Daddy this morning. This was our conversation:

Me: "Squeaky, tell Daddy about the stories on the tree. What did God make?" I pointed at each symbol.

L: "World. Moon. A fish. A people. And a SNAKE!"

Me: "Yes, God did make snakes. But do you remember the story about Adam and Eve? What did they do? Adam and Eve listened to Satan and ......."

L: "ummm...."

Me: "They sinned, Squeaky."

L: (leaning forward in earnest) "They not obeyed!" ...pause... "God sad."

Me: "Right. They disobeyed and God was sad. And you and I have sinned too, because we disobey! But then what happened... God knew we needed help and sent...."

L: "JESUS!!!! JESUS!!!!" "Yaaaaaaaay Jesus!!! Yaaaaaaay Jesus!!!! Happy Birthday, Jesus!!!" She took off and ran around and around the living room in jubilation.


Anonymous said...

What a precious story - why don't we run around saying "YAAAAAY JESUS!" more often (or at all)?

The Bruce said...

hahaha that's hilarious Val. In case i'm one of those lurkers i decided to comment. i do love these stories and pictures. Lord bless

Anonymous said...

That's such a great story! Love that kid
Aunt B

Anonymous said...

Does Lael always check out the end of the story like her Grandpa V.E. before she hardly starts it? I don't know how he ever read anything intelligently, but he was a well-rounded reader. I'm glad she is enjoying the Jesse Tree. That story is heartening. Love, Mom

Allison said...

How precious! Isn't it amazing what their little minds and hearts soak up? I had never heard of a Jesse Tree until a couple of weeks ago, but I think it is such a neat idea. Hopefully next year I can put one together for our family.

Anonymous said...

Hey Valerie, it has been a long time since I have been on! Can you give me the details on the Jesse tree. I have never heard of it before.

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