Last night after E and I finished a couple of key chapters in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," we said bedtime prayers and lay down to sleep. Then in a small, trembling voice, E says, "Hey, Dad, I'd like to be saved."
I'D LIKE TO BE SAVED!!!!!!!
So I held down my euphoria and asked, "What do you think that means?"
"I'm not really for sure."
So at this point I wanted him to be clear so I shared the meaning of an intimate/personal relationship with God. Our reading of Edmund's treachery, Aslan's trading places and dying (then coming back to life) had been used to soften his heart and were great connecting points to talk of our sinful selves (doing wrong things), Jesus trading places with us and our need to trust Jesus to be our savior and king.
Having talked through these issues, I asked, "Would you still like to be saved?"
"Yes. Will you do it for me?"
"I can't do it for you. You have to choose for yourself. You have to trust Jesus for yourself. I will help you if you want to."
"Okay, Daddy. Let's pray now"
And we did. As we finished our prayer, I told E he was part of God's people and should always remember that. Then I rushed out of the room to tell Momma.
When I came back with Momma, he told her the story of what happened. I walked Mom out and then returned to the room.
He was grinning from ear to ear. "You seem happy," I said, "what is making you happy?"
"I get to go to heaven now, Daddy!"
"Yes, boy, you do and you get to live with Jesus all the days of your life here, too!"
"Daddy, can we get to heaven another way?"
"No, Jesus says He is the only way."
"Okay, Dad. Goodnight."
This is the greatest joy of my life! This was my greatest privilege: to lead my own son the last few steps into trusting Jesus for himself. It was awesome!