Out of the mouths of Babes--"And a Little Child Shall Lead them"
(I certainly don't think an adult could explain this more beautifully!)
It was written by an 8-year-old named Danny Dutton, who lives in Chula
Vista , CA . He wrote it for his third grade homework assignment, to 'explain
God.' I wonder if any of us could have done as well ?
EXPLANATION OF GOD: 'One of God's main jobs is making people. He
makes them to replace the ones that die, so there will be enough people to
take care of things on earth. He doesn't make grownups, just babies. I think
because they are smaller and easier to make. That way he doesn't have to
take up his valuable time teaching them to talk and walk. He can just leave
that to mothers and fathers.'
'God's second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this
goes on, since some people, like preachers and things, pray at times beside
bedtime. God doesn't have time to listen to the radio or TV because of this.
Because he hears everything, there must be a terrible lot of noise in his ears,
unless he has thought of a way to turn it off.' 'God sees everything and hears
everything and is everywhere which keeps Him pretty busy. So you shouldn't
go wasting his time by going over your mom and dad's head asking for
something they said you couldn't have.' Atheists are people who don't believe
in God. I don't think there are any in Chula Vista. At least there aren't any who
come to our church.'
Jesus is God's Son.He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and
performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn
about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified
him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that
they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said
O.K.' His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his
hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road
anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad
out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to
take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to
bother God. Like a secretary, only more important.' 'You can pray anytime
you want to and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so
one of them is on duty all the time.'
'You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy,
and if there's anybody you want to make happy, it's God! Don't skip church
to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is
wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon
anyway.' If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be
very lonely, because your parents can't go everywhere with you, like to
camp, but God can. It is good to know He's around you when you're scared,
in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water
by big kids.'
'But...you shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure
God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases.
And...that's why I believe in God.'