Emma (age 4-3/4) is strapped in her car seat pondering the best way to put on a roof. "They could have used glue instead of nails!" Most roofs in our neighborhood are in the process of being replaced thanks to a recent hailstorm. Just about every day another house on our street gets a makeover.
"Glue?" I asked her. "Why?"
"It would be quieter, and it wouldn't waste so many nails," Emma explained.
"I would be worried that the hot sun would dry up the glue and crack it so that the shingles don't stick anymore."
"Good point," she conceded, but went on thinking. "What if they glued Jesus to the cross?"
I had to fight to hold back laughter. It just hit my funny bone! "Well, that certainly wouldn't have hurt as much, but they were trying to hurt him."
"Do you think he cried?" She shuddered, "I sure wouldn't want to be Jesus!"
"Well, the good news is that he did it so you wouldn't have to!" I love happy endings, and so does Emma.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
glue or nails?
Dr. Carmen Imes is the Associate Professor of Old Testament at Prairie College in Three Hills, Alberta, and serves the broader church through teaching, speaking, and writing. She earned a PhD in Biblical Theology (Old Testament) from Wheaton College under Dr. Daniel Block, an MA in Biblical Studies from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a BA in Bible and Theology from Multnomah University. She and her husband, Danny, served as missionaries with SIM 15 years. They have three children: Ana, Emma, and Easton.