Jesus took a little child and put him among them. He said, “For sure, I tell you, unless you have a change of heart and become like a little child, you will not get into the holy nation of heaven. Whoever is without pride as this little child is the greatest in the holy nation of heaven.” — Matthew 18:2-4 (NLV)

“Daddy, will you play superheroes with me?” our daughter asked.

“Sure,” he said.

After finishing dinner, my husband headed into the family room to turn on the stereo. Music from Superman, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones became the soundtrack for their evening adventure.

Already in my third trimester of pregnancy, I sat on the family room couch with my feet propped up on the coffee table, watching this daddy-daughter duo unfold. Lord, thank you for a husband who has the uncanny ability to be imaginative and inquisitive like a child, I thought.

Our daughter giggled as she hopped out of her chair. She walked into her play nook and grabbed two hand-made knitted blankets as well as two giant satin packaging ribbons. The two of them wrapped the blankets around their shoulders like superhero capes, and ran through the hallways of our two-story colonial.

Finally our daughter stopped running. “Let’s stop playing superhero and read about Jesus!” she commanded.

As I reached for my daughter’s illustrated Bible, our family began the next adventure of the evening. The three of us took turns reading Old and New Testament stories about how God is our protector, provider, father, and friend. A God who became man, entered into this world as a humble servant, so that we might be forgiven and set free from our sins: our real, eternal, Superhero.

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me examples through my children of what it means to have childlike faith. Keep me humble, Lord, so that I have eyes to see You my true Superhero.

22 thoughts on “Our Eternal Superhero

  1. Thank you for enjoying parenthood and sharing the precious blessing God has given you! PtL! You’ve taught your daughter to wiggle and giggle for Jesus and instilled spiritual hunger in her!

    This makes my day, brings tears to my eyes and fills my heart with hope regarding the the Church! My husband and I are infertile as a result of profound physical disabilities. We rejoice when families take the time to post testimonies in-depth not just forwarded messages, tweets, texts or prayers written in 160 characters or less so we can pray for you and learn from your little ones because I’m paralyzed, mute and cope with hearing difficulties.

    Praise God! You’re loving parents who utilize technology to actively engage their child instead of handing him/her an electronic babysitter. Thank you for actually playing with your children! Your ongoing involvement fuels her imagination and teaches her the vital differences between fantasy vs reality, Jesus vs superheroes and worship vs role-play.

    Heavenly Father, that You for showing me a little one who knows she needs to still her body, mind and spirit in order to learn from Your LORD! Let every wiggle and giggle praise You in between! Keep guiding this family as all of us learn about You, our King!

  2. Wonderful story Stacey! It makes me think of the homemade batman cape and cowl my mother sewed for me as a toddler. I would jump of my grandma’s sofa.as I pretended to be a superhero. I am beyond thankful for the real superhero, my Savior ,Jesus, who will one day have me join in Him. I am blessed with the strength He gives to live for Him each day. Thank you for this sweet reminder of Almighty God. Sounds like you are imparting the need for Jesus in your daughter’s life. God is giving you the wisdom to do so. Enjoyed my visit here today. Have a wonderful weekend and prayers for a safe and healthy delivery. Blessings to you and yours.

  3. So precious ♥ It’s so sweet to watch our men be those kinds of Daddies. I’m so thankful he’s got that easy playfulness about him. It’s something I am not strong in so it’s a nice complement. And, yes … may we all look to Jesus as our true superhero!

    It’s so good to have you at #MomentsofHope this week, Stacey. I always love when you visit and share!

    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

  4. Stacey, I love this. What an awesome memory your little girl will have of her evening with her Daddy. Thanks for sharing with Thankful Thursdays.

  5. What a delightful story of a father’s love willing to “play” super hero with his daughter. I loved it when your daughter who must have been tired of running, decided it was time to talk about Jesus. Thank you for sharing with us here at Tell me a True Story.

  6. What a great story. Isn’t it wonderful when our children can see and feel God so close to them? Before the world gets in there and mucks things up. What a wonderful memory to have and to build on, I’m sure that your children have given you much joy since then. It is so cool to see how pure things are in a little one’s world. We need to be more like that. Don’t we?

  7. Thank you for this touching article, which moves me in the faith and reminds me to be real, authentic, genuine and vulnerable as a writer. I blog about superheroes and Jesus under the assumption that comic book heroes can be great bait for fishers of men. Jesus was the ultimate hero of faith.
    Even though He had the power to avoid an excruciating death on the cross, He gave “his life as a ransom” (Matthew 20:28) in order to share eternal life with all who believe in Him. ​In other words, He made the greatest, most heroic sacrifice of all time so He could give us the greatest gift of all time. God bless you and your family.

  8. What a wonderful experience and memory you’ll have forever. This reminds me not everyone has those kinds of experiences. May I be sensitive to those who do not, and encourage them in their faith. I pray I live out my child-like faith in following my Super Hero today! Following you at Crystal’s this week. Bless you.

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