By Danny Dutton, Chula Vista, California, when he was eight years old
One of God’s main jobs is making people. He makes them to take care of things here on earth. He doesn’t make grownups, just babies. I think that’s 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 up to mothers and fathers.
God’s second most important job is listening to prayers. An awful lot of this goes on. Some people, like preachers and things, pray other times than just before bedtime. God doesn’t have time to listen to the radio or TV on account of this.
Jesus is God’s son. He used to do all the hard work, like walking on water and doing miracles, and trying to teach people about God who really didn’t want to learn. 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, “Okay!” His Dad appreciated everything 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.
You should always go to Sunday School because it makes God happy, and if there’s anyone you want to make happy, it’s God. Don’t skip Sunday School to do something you think would be more fun, like going to the beach. This is wrong! And besides, the sun doesn’t come out on the beach until noon, anyway.
If you don’t believe in God, besides being an atheist, you also will be very lonely, because your parents can’t go everywhere with you– like to camp– but God can.
It’s good to know that he’s around when you’re scared of the dark or when you can’t swim very good and you get thrown in 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 what I believe about God.
Isaiah 11:6 — The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.
Matthew 11:25 — At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”
Matthew 18:1-4 — At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
Mark 9:13-16 — People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
—Book of Common Prayer