Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Explaining the Resurrection to a Two Year Old

Paige: Remember we went to Hannah's special program at church?
Me: Yes. Do you remember it too? We had a good time. [We went to see Paige's babysitter Hannah dance in a program at the Loyola U chapel, just Paige & mom. Special mother-daughter bonding.]
Paige: Yes. The girls were dancing in the church. And pictures in the church.
Me: Yes, there were paintings of Jesus in the church. [Stations of the cross paintings around the top of the chapel, which we discussed in depth while we were there.]
Paige: Want mama to tell you about Jesus.
Me: Jesus was a man who helped people. He healed them and gave them food when they were hungry. In the pictures, Jesus had to go see the King. The King thought Jesus was bad, so he told Jesus that he had to die. Some soldiers nailed Jesus to a cross with nails in his hands and feet.
Paige: That hurt Jesus
Me: Yes, that hurt Jesus. But he was not afraid to die. After he died, then he came back to see his friends as a spirit. A spirit is like a ghost. [We have read stories w/ ghosts]
Paige: Then Jesus was a scary ghost.
Me: Well, he wasn't a scary ghost. His friends were glad to see him when he came back after he died. His friends were not scared.
Paige: Then that was the end of Jesus.
Me: Not really. Jesus still visits his friends to help them and remind them to help other people.
Paige [with emphasis]: But that was the end of Jesus, mama!