Thursday, June 21, 2012
I knew the questions would come. But I didn't know they would come from Cora at 4 years old, on a drive to my favorite Mexican restaurant. Here's how the conversation went down...
C - Dad, is Santa real?
R - Well...what do you think Cora?
C - Hmm, I don't think he is...
R - Why?
C - Well, because he wears a costume...
R - Hmm, well, I didn't think about that.
(at this point, I'm kinda sad I could be missing out on all of the Santa fun this next year. I'm not going to lie to Cora to preserve this myth, so I figured I would just answer with questions)
...and now she makes the theological leap that I didn't expect from my 4 year old!
C - So is Jesus real?
R - Yes he is...
C - But how did he die and come back to life?
R - Well, because he's part God and part man, and God is more powerful than death...
C - But doesn't God not want to hurt anyone?
...and depending on your theology, the answers here will vary.
R - God did this because He loved the world so much!
C - But why did God want to hurt Jesus?
...yes, God killed His son...heck, He killed Himself...how do I answer in truth for a 4 year old and not tame away the implications of the cross?
R - Well, God had to die for us. But God knew that He couldn't stay dead, because he's more powerful than death...and in His life, He gave the whole world life.
C - Hmmm...So, is Santa real?
Cora was onto some crazy-awesome questions. She's my kid for sure!
She proved my notion that the myth of Santa confuses kids with the truth of God and Jesus.
Which one is all seeing, knowing, etc? And when the Santa myth disappears, does God also crumble?
I'm looking forward to lots of long, fun, interesting conversations with Cora and Olive.