(for the conversation I had with Susannah after we dropped Jonas off at karate, click here)
When I picked Jonas up from karate, he told us all about learning the next eight steps of his kata. And then the conversation turned to building a tower high enough to reach the clouds. Which reminded me to tell him the story of the tower of Babel. Which led to the topic of the invisible nature of God, and that we can’t see or reach heaven. And then:
“So what happens when everyone, every person, everyone, is just dead and in heaven? What happens to our Earth then?
I tried my best to explain the New Heaven and the New Earth, not that I’ve got a perfect theological grasp on it myself. But I figure “A+ for effort,” right?
“So. We get new bodies… Will it have skin?”
“Will… your body have skin? Hmm. I don’t know, exactly. I’m not sure what our new bodies will look like. The Bible says they will be glorified bodies, like Christ has in heaven….”
“I hope we have skin. What color will it be?”
“I don’t know.”
“I hope my new skin is brown. And a little ‘fleeesh.'”
Then Susannah chimed in, “And I hope mine is blue! And purple!”
“You guys are awesome.”
*Jonas’ word “FLEEESH” is how he pronounces the color-word on that Crayola crayon that’s sort of pale pinkish. I think I like his version better, since it always struck me as unfair to call that one “flesh-colored” when actual human flesh comes in such a beautiful array of shades.