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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Toddler Theology

I love watching Levi learn new things.

One of my favorites lately has been learning to pray.  Before we eat, he sticks out his hands, we hold them, we bow our heads and close our eyes.  This week I peeked at Levi with one eye, and there he sat, chin practically touching his chest in toddler reverence.  It was so touching.

When we say, "In Jesus' name..." he shouts, "Mein!"  Which is Levi speak for "amen."

Tonight before bed, we read him the Easter story out of his kid's Bible, and at the end, he kept saying, "Jesus," which sounds more like "cheeses."  These are such simple things, but they get me so excited to keep teaching him about the love of God and the beauty of grace.

So, in the same vein, I have to share some totally sweet toddler theology I've heard lately.

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The first story is from Evie, age four.
(Check out her momma's blog here.)

Evie: Miss Michelle - I learned about Jesus today!
Me: That's great!
Evie: But it was a the sad part.  Some bad men killed him and he died.
Me: Oh no, that's terrible!
Evie: Oh, but don't worry.  He was planning something special.
Me: Really?  What was it?!
Evie: Well, I'm not going to tell you!  But don't worry, I know what really happened.


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Our next vingette comes from my lovely neice, Ellie, also age 4.
Grandma:  Ellie learned the Easter story at pre-school.  Ellie, how does the Easter story start?
Ellie:  I don't remember the beginning, but I know the sad part.
Grandma: Okay, tell us the sad part.
Ellie:  The mean men told Jesus that he did bad things.  They put the nails in his hands and in his feet.  They made him a crown out of thooooorns.  And he had to carry his cross and then they put him on it.  And then he died.

The ladies de-crossed him and put him in the little caves and put a biiiiiiig rock in the front.  A rock so big even strong daddies couldn't move it.

Then the ladies came to see Jesus, but the rock was gone and the angels said, "He's aliiiiiiiiiiiiiive!"


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With brilliant little theologians around like this, I'm sure Levi is going to grow up knowing the Good News!!

Ellie, Levi, Cora

Hope you have a very celebratory and happy Easter!

1 comment:

  1. I love it when the little ones start to pray, folding their hands and saying "Amen." My daughter who is about Levi's age says an enthusiastic "Ah-me!" at the end of our prayers.

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