As a father, it’s a great joy for me to listen to my children interact with theological ideas and concepts. Back when I was in seminary my focus was in philosophical theology, but let me tell you, children can ask some questions and come up with some ideas that really stop you in yourÂ hermeneuticalÂ tracks. This whole thing is a delight to me.
A lot of these ideas, comments, etc. come out during bedtime prayers. For a while, Talia, one of my twin 6-year-old daughters, would just mimic me as I walked her through her good-night prayers. Later she would recite the basic prayer she’d learned from me on her own.
Ariana, her twin sister, is still basically doing the rote good-night prayer. But, of late, Talia’s been venturing out on her own with frequently comical results. Here are a couple of excerpts from her prayers as well as I can remember them.
- “And help us go to be with you. And help us not to be scared of you when we see you in heaven.”
- “Help us be nice — especially Ariana.”
- “Thank you for helping us not say bad words, and please keep doing that.”