I was asked to pray during our church’s Easter Sunday service this year. I was a bit nervous about it, especially since I wanted to keep the prayer short while still touching on the themes of Easter week, from the darkness of the Friday crucifixion to the wonder of the Sunday resurrection.
Returning from the pulpit to the pew, I saw Eli beaming at me, and I was excited that something in my prayer had touched him. When I sat down, he leaned over to me. I bent down. He whispered in my ear, “Daddy! I like your tie!”