Romans 16:19 Everyone has heard about your obedience, so I am full of joy over you; but I want you to be wise about what is good, and innocent about what is evil.
What is innocence and how do you explain it to a 7 year old?
Romans 16:19 is one of Sophie's memory verses this month and she was trying to understand this concept. Only an hour later the following conversation took place....
Sophie looks over at me and says, "Mom, I know the 'S' word, BUT I don't use it."
Me (flabbergasted), "Who told you about the 'S' word?!"
"Ellie, but she doesn't use it either."
"Sophie, I am so sad right now. Its like that little innocent part of you that didn't know that word is now gone because you know it. I wish I could protect you from all the bad words out there." Seriously, I am almost tearing up.
Then Annie pipes in, "I know the 'S' word, too."
Me (even more flabbergasted), "WHO told YOU?!"
(Of course and why didn't I see this coming?) "Sophie."
Eyes wide and staring at Sophie in disbelief, I say to Annie, "Come whisper it in my ear."
Sophie looks like she is laying on a bed of nails with increasingly heavy weights being placed on her chest as Annie makes her way across the room. She knows she's done more than lost a piece of her own innocence, she has now helped Annie lose a small piece of her own. She also knows this probably means more tangible trouble in her world.
Annie leans close, sweet 4 year-old smile on her face and whispers, "Stupid."
Me, incredulously, "Sophie, what is the word? .... Say it!"
Eyes full of fear, she says, "Stupid."
Internal sigh of relief, and then classic mom line, "Now just don't let me hear you say that to anyone else...especially Benjamin."
Small piece of innocence found, right where we left it. Thanks, Lord.