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God and Grandmas

Oh boy, the day has slipped by and I haven’t posted my obligatory blog post.

Let me share two recent encounters with two of my sons. I know these sorts of things are cutesy and all, but if you can get past the cutesiness and contemplate the gravity of the two questions, I’m open to comments and suggestions about how to handle these issues.

First, the other night my wife was reading to the boys from a book  about who God is. God is bread. God is friend. God is king. And so forth. At some point when the book was talking about how God gave his son, one of my six-and-a-half-year-old twins stops her and asks, “Why does God make people die? She was the one who came up with the plan that people have to die.” Note first the deeply theological reflection on death here, as well as the implied question about God sacrificing God’s own son for our sake. Those are big things to wrestle with! Even for seasoned Christians. Second, notice how freely this little boy, whose favorite teases is to talk about how much he hates girls, so loosely speaks of God with the feminine pronoun. I have no desire to change the gendered references to God. However, I am at a loss as to how to answer his question about God and death and sacrifice. When he’s older I will point him to some readings on theodicy.

Second, the other day my nearly-four-year-old was talking with his mom about life as we all get older. He was trying to imagine what it would be like for him and his brothers to be adults. And he was trying to imagine his Mommy and Papa as grandparents when he said, “How can you be a grandma with that face you have on?” Good question.

Age and Hair

Last week Rodney posted some thoughts on haircuts and movies. Continuing the theme of haircuts, I offer this reflection.

This past weekend I headed over to Sports Clips for a routine haircut. I’ve noticed over the past several haircuts that the stylist has had to spend a lot less time on the top of my head than on the sides and back. On Saturday I noticed something else. The last bit of cutting is with the electric trimmer. With this device the stylist evens up my sideburns and neckline, and she shaves off the hair that has grown on my neck itself. What I noticed this time was that she went further down my neck, even a good bit beyond my collar line. In other words, she was no longer shaving my neck, but had worked her way onto the top of my back and shoulders. I had on a t-shirt, so she was easily able to move my collar around to reach these places no stylist had gone before. And then before turning off the trimmer she made a couple of light passes over my ears. Yes, my ears! I guess I should just appreciate her thoroughness and not worry about what these things say about my aging.

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