(Actual conversation with my oldest son Josiah – age 5 – that took place at bedtime a few weeks ago.)
Josiah: Hey dad, can we read from the Bible tonight?
Dad: Sure bud, you mean from your Children’s Story Bible?
Josiah: No, from my Bible. (Pointing to the paperback copy of the NIV on his shelf.)
Dad: Totally! But just so you know, there aren’t any pictures or anything in that Bible. Are you sure you won’t think it’s too boring?
Josiah: Yeah, I know. That’s ok.
(Dad scrambles to come up with something awesome and action packed to read. David and Goliath? Daniel and the lion’s den? Finally he decides just to go with the Gospel of John and see what comes of it.)
Dad: Ok bud, you ready?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning.
Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.
Josiah: Hey, that’s talking about Jesus!
Dad: Uhm …. yeah … wait … what? How? Yeah bud, you’re right!