By: Sonia Phoebe Alcalá
Aria was in rare form today! She was running around the house this morning touching her brothers and sister, shouting “Thassah!” Even though it was early, they thought her game was funny and played along as best they knew how. They would touch her back and shout “Thassah” to her. Aria’s brothers and sister laughed and tickled her. She laughed when they tickled her but, she seemed a bit disappointed. Apparently, the reaction they had to her game was not exactly the one she wanted. Since she was only 2 years old, she could not explain the game and it didn’t seem to make sense to any of them.
Finally, it was time for the her brothers and sister to go to school and Aria went outside to play with the dog. Ema kept an eye on Aria through the dining room window as she washed the morning dishes. She could see her putting her hands on the dog and saying, “Thassah” with different tones of voice. She shouted, whispered, and even sang the word. In the end, the dog only wagged his tail and licked her hands and face. Aria laughed and pushed the dog off and went about the yard singing a song to herself, the dog following behind her.
Now they were on their way to visit Emily, Aria’s cousin. Emily was 20 and staring a new job. She had called Ema that morning feeling really depressed because the job was not going well. Whenever one of her family members called, Ema would pack Aria up and go for a visit. Ema would pray for them and encourage them. She loved the Lord so much and she would share all the good things that Jesus has done for her. This was the best way she knew to encourage her family to pray and seek God for themselves. However, Emily was going through a phase of doubt and Ema knew this would not be a good visit if the Lord did not intervene somehow.
As she pulled into the driveway of Emily’s house, Ema prayed. “Jesus, please touch my niece’s heart. Let her see that you are real and can move in her life. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.”
“Thassah!” Aria shouted from her car seat. Ema laughed and shouted back. That sent Aria into giggles galore! Ema loved the way her daughter would giggle so much. She was still giggling as the went into the yard. She giggled as they knocked on Emily’s door. Aria giggled and reached for Emily when she opened the door. She gave Emily giggling kisses before she was set on the floor. Ema gave Emily a hug and heard the giggling stop when Elvis, Emily’s dog came into the room and started barking at Aria.
Just before Emily could pull Elvis away from Aria, Aria reached her hand out to the dog and with as much authority as her little voice could have, she whispered, “Thassah!”
Elvis was silenced! He sat down in front of Aria and wagged his tail. When Aria patted his head, Elvis let out a soft whimper and licked her hand. Emily and Ema stared in amazement! Aria started giggling and talking in baby language to Elvis. She walked into the living room and Elvis followed behind her, completely submissive to this two year old wonder.
“Did she just do what I think she just did?” Emily asked, still staring at Elvis. Her dog never liked Ema’s children. He was just not a child loving dog. She could not believe what she was seeing. Aria now owned the will of Elvis just from speaking the word “Thassah”.
“OH!! That’s what ‘Thassah’ means!" Ema exclaimed, "She can’t say the name Jesus properly! She’s saying ‘Jesus’ when she says ‘Thassah’! She learned this in church!” Ema was ecstatic! Now she understood what her 2 year old daughter had been doing all day. She was praying for blessings upon her brothers, sister, and the dog! Ema explained this to Emily, but it seemed she already knew. Emily could not take her eyes off of Aria.
“That girl is blessed!” Emily exclaimed. “I wish I could have such perfect faith! Tia Ema, can we pray.”
This was exactly for what Ema had prayed. They sat on the couch, held hands, and began to seek the Lord for Emily’s life. As they prayed, they did not notice Aria sitting at their feet watching them. They did, however, feel it when Aria put her tiny hands on both their knees and whispered, “Thassah.”
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