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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

God, Magic and Cookies.

Sarah was being her bossy little self at dinner last night and was trying to convince Peter that this is her house. Peter quickly informed her that it was Mommy's and Daddy's house because we paid for it. Back and forth they went. A battle of preschooler wills ensued, much like a tug-of-war match, the likes of which haven't been seen since ABC's Battle of the Network Stars.

Sarah finally trumped Peter when she said that God made everything so it must be his house. We were then bombarded with annoying questions like Did God make the trash can? Did God make the table? Did God make the plate? These questions were annoying but I felt satisfied that at least they got the general concept that God was large and in charge. They should have this concept down pat by now because we've had very similar conversations many times before.

Then the conversation veered off course a little bit...

Sarah: Is God magic?

Me: No. God isn't magic. Santa is magic. The tooth fairy is magic. But God is not magic.

Sarah: God is so magic.

If she had been standing up there would have been a little foot stomping but since she was seated all she could do was put her hands on her hips as she said this.

Me: No. God is all-powerful but he is not magic.

Dan: Think of it this way Sarah. Santa is magic but only because God made him that way.

Me: That's right. God made everything, remember?

Sarah: Yes. God did make everything.

Sarah: (reflecting quietly) Did God make his self?

Dan: Aha! That's a very good question, Sarah!

Sarah: Well, did he Mommy? Did God make his self?

Me: God has always been here and he always will be here. That's all you need to know.

Dan then proceeded to try to have a theological conversation with us. Sarah quickly shut him down by scrunching up her face, shaking her head, waving her hands back and forth and saying, "Let's stop talking about all of this stuff. Can I just have my dessert now?"

She may have grand questions that only faith can answer, but for now, all that really matters is the availability of a chocolate chip cookie! be three again!

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jennwa said...

We have had the conversation, who made God. Who is God's mommy? Also we have had the magic questions.

I did like Peter's response about you guys pay the bills so it is your house.

Not Your Regular Mini Van Mom said...

It is amazing the questions kids come up with. Sometimes it is exhausting...interesting, but exhausting :)

Queen of My Domain said...

Those are some hard questions to have to answer in a way a three year old can comprehend. I'm sure my kids would have forgotten all of it in favor of desert also. They do have thier own priorities.

Maude Lynn said...

This past Christmas, my daughter was heartbroken that she couldn't play her drum for Jesus like the Little Drummer Boy! Aren't they amazing?

carrie said...

Oh, little girl logic is very hard to break through, isn't it?

I could've had this conversation with my daughter, like today when she was asking me over and over again "what Curious George is this?" meaning what episode, when we were watching the movie. I'd tell her "it's the movie, it is JUST the movie honey." Meltdown city, I tell ya! She could not grasp it at all.

Melissa said...

Ha ha....reading this make me look forward to the conversations that we get to look forward to with our kids! Sounds like you have some sweet kids!

Missy said...

Well, when I come up with questions like "Who made God", all I can do is scrunch up my face and reach for a cookie as well.


Unknown said...

What a great way to talk about God, in the common everyday issues. Of course kids have to question everything.

Mari said...

It's great when your kids are thinking about things enough to ask questions, but it's hard when they're questions that defy words and they want an answer!

Brittany said...

ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. I can't wait for these type of questions.

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MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Oh my. This kind of witty banter is so amusing I bet. For the first 20 minutes that is! So cute.

The Egel Nest said...

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Family Adventure said...

You gotta love the mind of a 3-year-old.


Megan Cobb said...

The God conversations always leave me, in the end, stumped for an answer that encompasses all that God is and all that I want her to know about Him, BUT I am always thankful when the subject presents itself and she's interested in hearing more. I guess we just gotta keep chipping away at the iceberg, which is fine by me.

Tina said...

Wow, kids can make us think, huh??