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God at 3 and 4 Years Old

The other night I was putting my four-year-old to bed and I asked her if there was anything she wanted to say to God. “I already asked him to help Gianna’s leg feel better” she said. The baby’s leg, incidentally, is broken. She got caught in a sibling sandwich Tuesday night and is back this morning to the hospital to get it casted.

“You can tell him again,” I said.

“Ok,” she said, and grabbed a blanket from her bed. “I have to go into my secret place.” She pulled the blanket up over her and was silent.

“Ok, go ahead,” I offered.

“I am, I’m whispering,” she confirmed. And sure enough her little whispers began to creep from under the blanket. After a short time she popped back up again and said “Ok, I’m done.”

This sounds like the sort of thing parents teach their children to do and then are tickled to see them actually do it. This though she came up with on her own, which tickles me even more.

A few nights prior to this I was putting our 3 year old to sleep and somehow God came up in conversation. He looked at me matter-of-factly and declared, “God is white.” Once again – let me be clear – not something to my knowledge he’s been taught or prompted to say. And I certainly haven’t noticed him studying 20th century western Christian imperialism on his own. So I was amused.

“Like, his clothes are white?” I asked.

“No, God is white.”

“You mean his skin is white?”

“No,” he insisted, “God is white.”

“Ok then, ” I conceded, and replied with something dumb about God being lots of colors.

If he ever clarifies that statement, I’ll be sure to blog about it.

  1. Jane
    September 9, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    That is so wonderful! I bet “white” is as close as he can get to seeing God as “light”. He’s right on. Only through a child’s eye…

  2. September 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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