Question at the door

Yesterday morning. We're inside, gathered near our front door, getting ready to meet the snow on our way to the van.

Boots? Check.
Coats? Check.
Mittens? Check.
Scarves? Check.
Diaper bag? Check.
Milk cups? Check.
Purse? Check.
Keys? Check.

I think we're ready. I open the door.

Ella asks, "Mommy, are there still people who want to kill people who have black skin?"


It took me just a moment to determine where this was coming from. A hand-me-down book about the Underground Railroad in the 1800's. My daughter perused this, some months ago, and asked questions about the pictures. We talked briefly about slavery-- how there were people who did not know Jesus who did not love black people and hurt them because of the color of their skin.

I answered with a question, "Why are you asking, honey?" But I knew.

"Because Isaias (her little brother) has black skin."

Oh, my sweet girl.

There is so much I want to shield my children from. It would be so much easier just to say, "No, honey. There's no one like that." But sadly, there is. It is times like these that I think about this world we are raising our children in: the evil, darkness, hatred, false pictures of love and beauty, greed, love of self. It's enough to grip my heart with fear. I just want to protect her eyes and ears and heart from all of these things. But the fear that comes in then just as quickly goes away. Because I know this:

When I am afraid, I will trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I will not be afraid.
What can mortal man do to me?

~Psalm 56:3-4

And this:

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid.
The Lord, the Lord, is my strength and my song.

~Isaiah 12:2

And this:

God has said,
"Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
So we say with confidence,
"The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

~Hebrews 13:5-6

So I said, "Yes, honey. There are still people like that. We don't know any of those people, but there are people like that. They don't know Jesus yet. But honey, you don't need to be afraid for Isaias because his skin is dark. God is always with us. And he is stronger and bigger and smarter than any man could ever hope to be. You don't need to worry."

And we don't. Need to worry. We do not need to fear evil, because he is with us. Oh, I am thankful. Thank you, God, for the truth of Your word. Thank you that You are light in this dark world. Thank you that we can rest under Your mighty hand.

Isn't it a good place to be?

1 comment:

  1. Jan. 11, 2007 - I wish it wasn't true
    Posted by MicheleinNZ
    Hi Stacey

    I've always wondered at what age children start to notice the differences in skin colour and I suppose it's at about five, huh? I wish it wasn't true that other people cared about skin colour, but I think your response was a great one. I'll remember that one when my kids start asking questions, too.



    Jan. 11, 2007 - Untitled Comment
    Posted by Rebeca
    May the Lord continue to give you wisdom- and faith- to pass on to your sweet children.


    Jan. 12, 2007 - Untitled Comment
    Posted by Anonymous
    wow, what a big question, very perceptive and touching.
    On a lighter note, when our third daughter was born, my oldest daughter, who was almost 5 at the time, saw her new baby sister and then said, "I thought that's what color she would be!" like there could have been other options!! Ha. It's amazing what they notice and think about.


    Jan. 12, 2007 - Untitled Comment
    Posted by Anonymous
    forgot to sign my name on that last post..oops,



    Jan. 12, 2007 - They are amazing!
    Posted by Sandi
    She sounds like a thinker with a big compassionate heart. Sounds like a great mama to be!


    Jan. 12, 2007 - Untitled Comment
    Posted by CountryMomof4
    Well said. Way to combat those fears with scripture!


    Jan. 12, 2007 - I know kids can amaze us
    Posted by Dana
    but I think you were amazing! Wow - your response was impressive. I love when you post these conversation's. I true showing of the Holy Spirit in action.


    Jan. 14, 2007 - I also love
    Posted by Melkhi
    Psalm 37 in this vein.


    Jan. 15, 2007 - White Faces
    Posted by Sarah
    Wow, what a compassionate caring sister! The verses that you shared are really good!

    And along a similar line, this morning Carlos told me that he likes girls with white faces, “like yours mommy”.


    Jan. 17, 2007 - Wow
    Posted by guatemama
    What a tender hearted little woman you raising. This post really got me in the heart, thinking of the world our sons will encounter.



    Jan. 17, 2007 - My husband loved it!
    Posted by Sandi
    This was a big hit last night and so easy. My dh asked my to thank you personally LOL!

    Anymore recipes??


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