Friday, October 17, 2008

Teaching Children Spiritual Truths

Last night while we were on our way home from dinner, Big Sister and I had an important conversation about deep spiritual truths...sort of.

Big Sister: Mama...what is faith?

Me: is when you believe something even though you can't see it. Like, we believe in God even though we can't see Him.

Big Sister: (Very joyfully) And I believe in God so I have faith!

Me: Right! (Whew) Why did you ask me that?

Big Sister: Wait mama, first I need to ask you about two more things.

Me: Okay.

Big Sister: Okay mama, so...what is trust?

Me:'s kind of like faith. It's when you can believe that something someone tells you is true...or when you can tell someone a secret and you know they won't tell? (Okay so I kinda struggled with this one)

Big Sister: Hmmm.

Me: It's like when I tell you I'm going to take care of you, you can trust me because you know I'm telling you the truth.

Big Sister: (Smiling again) Okay so I trust you so I have trust!

Me: Right! (Thinking we're on a roll now and ready for number three) So what's the last one?

Big Sister: What was it again? (thinking very seriously) Oh yeah, so I believe in God so I have faith...

Me: Yeah.

Big Sister: And I can trust you so I have trust...

Me: Yeah.

Big Sister: yeah...pixie dust. I don't have pixie dust.

Me: What?

Big Sister: Tinker Bell says if you have faith, trust, and pixie dust, you can fly.

Turns out, what I thought was a spiritual conversation was actually a Peter Pan conversation.


Susan said...

So sweet! Thanks for sharing this. :)

Montee said...


Anonymous said...

I love it!!!! I laughed out loud! Let's keep her off the roof, ok?

Joe, Abby and Ellen Grant said...

thanks for making me laugh!

saundra said...

And I thought you just needed to "think lovely thoughts" and you could fly. Oh wait, I guess that was AFTER the pixie dust....

too cute!

Anonymous said...

You gotta love this. My little boy is constantly taking our conversations in directions that keep me on my toes too. He said today that he is a girl cow. He has milk. and his name is Sarah Palin. TOO MUCH FOX NEWS!!! Kids do say the darndest things!
Laura Frost