Over the last month or so Dawson has begun asking some great spiritual questions to Dan and I. You can just see the little wheels in his head turning as we talk to him. Dan and I have taken a low key approach to spirituality in our house. We go to church when we can (between Dan's work and my health we do not get there every week), listen to music that has spiritual meaning to Dan and I, and openly talk about God and things that we are learning. Dawson and Dan have also enjoyed reading Tim Tebow's book Through My Eyes together. It has opened the door for some great questions and conversation.
Last night Dan and I were chatting in the kitchen about Dawson's little buddy who is being baptized at the end of the month. Dawson wandered in and began asking us about what baptism was, how it happens and why we do it. Dan and I come from a Wesleyan background and so we talked to him about how baptism is a way to show others that you love and want to follow Jesus. He asked us when we were baptized and we told him that Dan was baptized when he was 16 and I was around 10. He was amazed that his Papa (my dad) was the one that baptized me. Then, he asked when he was going to be baptized. We told him that when he decides to ask Jesus in his heart then he can choose to be baptized. We explained that when we ask God to forgive us of our sin (and reminded him what sin meant) and we invite Him to be apart of our lives that was what it meant to "ask Him into our hearts". It was hard to not get all technical on him! Dan and I kept trying to use those large spiritual words only to realize he would have no idea what they meant:)
It was awesome to watch him last night absorb all the information we were giving him. His little brain was just thinking over everything that we said. I have to say that it was one of the coolest things as a parent to watch. I know that he has a little bit before he can truly grasp all the concepts but we are on the way. The Holy Spirit is beginning to move in him and it is beautiful to see.