Holding small, battery-powered tea candles in their chubby little hands, my two daughters sang along to “This Little Light of Mine” as we sat in the dark. They were ages 3 and 6, and “light” was the big topic of the week in our homeschool.
After the song, I read aloud Matthew 5:16, in which Jesus says: “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
With the lights back on and candles put away, our Kindergarten-level discussion quickly led to the question: “What are good works, Mommy?” I don’t recall exactly how I answered, but a few days later, God made the answer clear. Our family was driving about a mile from home when we came upon a car with a flat tire. My husband pulled over to help, and as soon as he left the van, our youngest daughter started the seemingly endless interrogation that characterizes many 3-year-olds.
“What are we doing? Why are we here? Why are we stopped? Who is that? What is Daddy doing? Do we know that lady?”