Praying With My Kids
I decided to start teaching my children about using a prayer journal (which I haven’t done in years). So, I sat them down and showed them the notebook we would use and decided to start simple. Their aunt just had surgery and their great-grandmother is in hospice, so they were obvious choices with very clear needs to talk about. They seemed a bit nervous and were being giggly and focusing on the dogs or poking at each other, so, being the wonderfully patient mother that I am, I got annoyed and commented about being respectful because God is here with us. My daughter immediately said,”I don’t understand that. Are there like millions of copies of Him so He can be everywhere at once?”
Suddenly, a short lesson on praying for those we care about turned into a theology discussion. I decided to use an analogy. I decided to start with science since they both really love it. We talked about space and time. We are limited to living in our physical universe, bound by those physical laws. We can’t be in two places in space at the same time. Two of us can’t occupy the same space. We are also limited to living in this very moment and no other. 5 minutes ago is gone and 5 minutes from now hasn’t come yet. They began to talk about what it would mean to be outside of those limitations. God can enter His creation from any time or space that He chooses. He can guide us because He sees time all at once. But, again, my daughter asks,”How can He be in more than one place at a time.”
Faith. Believing. You have to take that step and believe that God is the Alpha and the Omega. That He can be all places at all times. My children amazed me by then talking about God being the Creator and the instigator of the big bang. If He did all that, the rest must be no problem! I love my kids!