Conversation on the way home from gymnastics …
Me: “Lucy, do you ever think about God?”
Lucy: “Of course.”
Me: “What do you think about God?”
Lucy: “He is going to give me another sister!”
So, I don’t want to do anything to shake my daughter’s faith, but … no. just. no.
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.
As we cuddle, just before they go to sleep, I whisper into my daughters’ ears: “I love you, no matter what.” In my sentimental moments, I hope that in the future this message will echo in their minds at times when they are in trouble, no matter what trials they face.
I assume God does the same with all of us.