Sensitive Feelings

Excerpts from a conversation with Kathleen last night before bed:

Kathleen: “Dad, why did God make me with such sensitive feelings?”

Me: “I don’t know. Maybe God wanted you to be nice, and so God gave you sensitive feelings.”

Kathleen: “No, being nice doesn’t make me sensitive.”

Me: “Well, maybe you are asking the wrong question. Instead of asking why God gave you sensitive feelings, you should ask what God wants you to do with your sensitive feelings.”

Kathleen: “Dad, you really need to lighten up.”

PhD studies in theology do not prepare one for discussing God with a six year old.