A Child’s God

 

 

 

Now that she is almost through with Kindergarten, my daughter knows just about everything. Like most know-it-alls, she has no problem informing others of this fact or educating others about the things that they do not know. She still talks non stop, but there are much less questions than there used to be, instead opening discussions with “did you know?” followed by what feels like a several hour lecture on whatever topic she feels inclined to elucidate on.

Most of the time I enjoy these dissertations, if not the assumption that she knows more than me. They are proof not only that she is paying attention in school, but also that she is still excited about learning new things and is proud of that knowledge.

Other times I have no idea what she is rambling on about and am amazed by the absolute sincerity she projects while stating complete nonsense as indisputable fact. I’m often left wondering where she may have picked up such ideas or if she is just so enamored with the sound of her own voice that she’s content to simply make things up. The degree to which I pay attention can vary, but I was all ears this morning when she sat me down and informed me that “it was time for her to tell me about God.”

Some of her story I had heard before, death being a topic that we’ve discussed before though I’m not sure that she fully understands it, not sure that I want her to. During our plane ride to Florida earlier this month she was convinced that since we were above the clouds, where Heaven was, that she should be able to see dead people out the window. I’ll confess to having no idea whatsoever what to tell her.

The God that she told me about is a maker. In addition to the planet and all the people, He also made the buildings and all the food. He did this to take care of us. He spends his time in Heaven, above the clouds with all the dead people, and He watches over us to make sure that we stay safe and provided for. He wants us to be good people and to do good things for each other. He wants us to all be nice.

Her God is a parent.

 

I have my own personal beliefs, a post for another day perhaps, but religion doesn’t play a major role in our family. Sometime in the near future I’ll start taking her to church and we’ll talk about the things that we hear there. We’ll start at the same Congregationalist Church that her sister and I attended for a while, the one that reminded me of the church of my youth. Their God was a kind one, accepting and tolerant, much like hers.

Along the way she will be taught that whatever she believes, whatever road her own spiritual journey takes, there will be others than believe differently, that have their own Gods and that that’s OK. She’ll be taught that being religious isn’t always the same as being right, no matter how strong and purposeful your faith. She will be taught that there are people that do terrible things in the name of their Gods and also others that do amazing works of charity and good, often in the service of the same.

She doesn’t know near as much as she thinks, but today was a good reminder that she knows more than I think, that there are an increasing number of outside influences on her. I don’t know where she got these ideas about God, but I kind of like the one that she described. He sounds nice.

 

 

40 thoughts on “A Child’s God”

  1. I really enjoyed this. I have a daughter that just finished kindergarten and she sounds a lot like yours! Thanks so much for sharing this! 🙂

  2. I felt strongly that my son should approach religion with curiosity and believe or not believe as he wished. For a time there, he believed in the Norse gods and that was ok with me. At least he was studying.

  3. What a lovely post, your little girl sounds so cute. I love our approach to faith, it’s definitely a personal thing that we have to let them make their own minds up about whilst letting them know that others have different beliefs #TriumphantTales x

  4. Oh, your daughter is adorable! I have 2 girls who actually do know more than me on some subjects. They read WAY too much. (Joking. Kind of.) I’ll never forget the day, when my oldest was in Kindergarten, we were talking about Thanksgiving. I said something like, “When George Washington declared Thanksgiving a holiday–” She cut me off. “Mom, that was Lincoln.” I kid you not! She was right, too. #ThatFridayLinky

  5. I love listening to children’s interpretations of things! My girls talk about god al ot from what they’ve learned in school. Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

    1. Its a bit strange that our kids are now at the age where they are coming home from school with all these new ideas

  6. I love this we parents are most certainly gods fab read mate
    Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

  7. I’m not remotely religious. My hubby believes but I don’t and even though I have said that I will support the Little Man in whatever he chooses I’ve also said we mustn’t push anything on him. I want him to make his own decisions, just like I did. I was taught Religious Education at school and came to my own conclusions. Although I have to be honest I don’t know how I will be able to discuss it with him if we end up having opposing views – perhaps that will be one for his Dad?! It sounds like you have a really clever girl on your hands who loves learning. That’s just lovely. You must be very proud. Thanks for joining in at #TriumphantTales, hope to see you back tomorrow.

    1. I’m sure that there will be many different things over the years that you and your husband don’t completely agree on. Like you said, I think the best we can do is to teach them to look at all aspects and make their own decisions.

  8. Love this post. My 5yo likes to ramble on too, including about God which are his own ideas interspersed with stuff he’s learned at school. I think you have all the right ideas about what to teach her about religion and I hope to do similar things with my boys. #familyfunlinky

  9. Oh what an interesting post. I haven’t really thought about religion and how I will address it with my children. Other than tolerance and acceptance of all. I do like the sound of her god though. I think you’re approach sounds pretty spot on and hope I manage to pull it off too. Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

    1. She never stops catching me off guard. I think the tolerance and acceptance angle are the most important ones

  10. It’s lovely to read that she has confidence in herself and you will support her in her research to see all angles. Thanks for linking up with #KCACOLS please do pop by again.

  11. I am not religious at all but I absolutely love her idea of God. I love seeing things through a child’s eye sometimes. They are more aware of things than we give them credit for sometimes aren’t they #kcacols

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