At Christmas time my eight year old grandson surprised me with a cardboard Jesus he had made out of packaging from a gift we had purchased at Ikea.
The first thing I noticed, (you too?), was how very, ummmm, "bosom-y" Jesus was for a man.
But, after the initial giggling to myself, I remembered that one of the names of God, is El Shaddai.
The root word of Shaddai is shad, meaning breast.
The full meaning of El Shaddai is "One mighty to nourish, satisfy and supply".
I began to wonder if God wasn't trying to tell me something through my cardboard Jesus.
God is Love the Bible says.
If God is love, then He is all the facets, the sides, of love.
One of those facets is the love we would call motherly love.
We are all familiar with God's father heart, that He is indeed "Our Father".
But in His great heart is also the nurturing heart of a mother.
He is the perfect parent all wrapped up in One God.
We all need, at one time or another, the protective strength of a Father.
But, sometimes we need Someone to just hold us and sing over us like a mother.
Sometimes we need Someone to make us chicken soup.
He's mighty and He's tender.
He's strong and He's nurturing.
I'm quite smitten with the details my grandson put on my cardboard Jesus.
The crown of thorns taped to His head.
The loin cloth, the sash, the beard.
This is the picture of Jesus that came out of my grandson's heart and mind.
For some reason, his Jesus, is quite "bosom-y",
and now that I think about it,
so is mine.