In the car, we listen to the kids' favorite album du jour: a collection of worship songs sung by kids. We've been listening to it over and over (and over and over), so now the kids know most of the words and sing along, announcing which song is which when the music begins playing. They also ask dozens of questions about what the words mean.
Today Abby asked, "Why do dey say, 'Open duh eyes of my hahrt, Ward, I wahn to see youh?"
I thought for a moment and said, "I think because sometimes it's easier to live our lives when we can see where Jesus is and what he has made and the work he is doing around us. So they're asking for eyes that can see him everywhere."
"Jesus wohrks in evwee-one," Abby said.
"I know what Jesus's work is," Ben added. "Do you want to know what Jesus's work is?"
"Yes," I answered, wondering what he would say.
"Jesus's work is to tell us he loves us. That's the work Jesus does," he explained.
I thought for a second and realized that was as pure and accurate an explanation of God's work in this world as anyone could possibly articulate.
"You're right, Ben. Jesus is always working to show us he loves us."