Thursday, March 5
"Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven." - Matthew 18:3
K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Susan), we have all heard it many times, your last "S" was probably something like "Sweetie" or "Sugar", I just happen to have an "S" name that fits perfectly. The saying has become a bit of a cliché, but the words are beyond meaningful to my family. If my Dad ever owned a mantra, it was K.I.S.S. We heard it all the time because he made it relevant from doing math homework to learning how to ski down a mountain slope. Don't try to reinvent the wheel, do what you're supposed to do, once you've got that down pat, build up from there.
In the wake of my Dad's passing this year, I was forced to look into the eyes of my then three-year-old, the Frick to my Dad's Frack, and explain where Poppy went and why he couldn't see him anymore. My faith was confronted hard and fast by Jake's significant questions about Poppy, Jesus, and Heaven. Though simply and innocently asked, they were the important questions, the real ones that form our Christian faith's foundation. How do you simplify the magnificence of Heaven and Jesus' greatest gift for a three-year-old to understand? While I do not have those answers (I can only pray that I did okay to help lay his Christian foundation), I heard my Dad whispering K.I.S.S. in my ear with each question he asked.
One particular morning we were in the car, the sky was the bluest of blue, the color of my Dad's eyes, and the clouds were heavenly. I caught Jake gazing at the sky and I asked what he was thinking. His answer: "Jesus is a Superhero!!" K.I.S.S. - "Yes, yes He is." Because, it is true that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. He heals the sick, feeds the masses with one single loaf of bread, made a blind man see, He died for us, and is risen. All miraculous feats. So in our family, we are sure that Jesus is a Superhero, and the greatest one at that!
It is my Lenten prayer that we all take time to K.I.S.S. and revisit what it's like to have a child-like faith, with the intention of firming our own foundation, even if it means to picture Jesus in a Superhero cape for just a moment. Amen