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2007 June 4 » Philoxenos

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Theology and three year olds

4th June 2007

Theology and three year olds

We were on our way home tonight from visiting friends out in the country when our oldest daughter asked from the back of the van “Mummy, can (baby brother) die when he’s a baby?” I answered that yes, it’s possible, but we don’t need to worry about it because God is looking after us, so even if he gets sick or something happens to him, God is still in control.

This began a very long conversation about death. She wanted to know if her mummy and daddy could die. We said that yes, we could die and everyone will die at some point. She talked a bit about how if her mummy and daddy died then she would look after her little brother and sister. She also talked about how when she grows up she’ll be able to go to heaven when she died, after she asks Jesus to wash away her sins. At this point her daddy said, “You don’t have to wait until you’re a grown up to ask Jesus to take away your sins. You can do it right now.” I was standing there thinking (by this time we were at home, just walking into the house) Holy Cow, is this going to be it? Am I going to watch my oldest child start an eternal relationship with Jesus Christ?

And then her next statement was “I’d like a piece of bread, please.” My husband and I looked at each other and he said “I think the moment has passed.” I got her a piece of bread and as I watched her eating I realised the importance of always being ready with an answer, because each moment has eternal importance.

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