Has it been a while since you have been as close as you would like to be? Perhaps there have been too many hurts, mistakes, and regrets along the way. Maybe it’s time for us to refill our lives with faith like that of our children.
Some intermediate grade students were participating in a special writers’ workshop. Because it was not sponsored by a public school, the instructor was free to invite the children to write on a variety of topics he would not have tackled in a typical classroom. One was “If I met God.” Here are some of the responses:
If I met God He would be in the light. I couldn’t see His face in detail. His voice would be soft and calm like flowing music. He would hug me and warm feelings would come over me.
If I met God He would wipe my tears away. He would hold me in his arms.
His voice would sound low, like a sound you never think of—like heaven and like you never want to leave.
Sometimes I wonder if God really exists, but sometimes I feel His love around me. I mostly feel his love when I sing, pray, or hear the word beautiful because Jesus is beautiful.
These children did not imagine their experience with God using the words and images their parents would have chosen. Their words and images are wonderful because they are spontaneous and loving from the hearts of children. All the experiences these children associate with God emphasize his love, his warmth, and his very personal concern. All are expressions of childlike faith that we need to feel again.