How do you talk to your kids about God?
“Is Grover the dog in heaven?”
“Why do bad things happen if God loves us?”
“Did dinosaurs and humans live on earth together?”
My kid can’t even talk yet, but as a parent I know that these questions are coming for me someday… and soon. I know that she’ll have all these questions because, frankly, I’ve had them all, too! Okay, maybe not the one about dinosaurs but that’s just because I’m not that creative. If you’re like me, you’ve asked all of these questions and probably even more.
In my years of serving students and their parents I’ve known lots of folks who’ve crossed their fingers and said let’s just hope my child never asks about that. Oftentimes it’s because the parent feels awkward about the subject or doesn’t feel confident in their own knowledge. Maybe it’s even because the parent feels like they never got a very good answer to the question when they asked it for themselves. It’s a lot of pressure to answer a question about God… when you’re not sure you’re right! Well, I’m of the belief that God loves a good question, because as one author puts it: “Questions mean I want to have a conversation with you!” And I think God loves having conversations with us.
We truly have nothing to fear from questions because we don’t need to have all the answers! Instead, questions invite us to engage—with the Bible, with others around us, and with God. So a bunch of us, led by Marty Pomeroy, are getting together for the next five Monday nights to talk through some of the biggest questions we face in our faith. Questions like the ones above and more.
The hope is that in the long run, as we grow more comfortable with where God meets us in these questions we’ll also grow more confident being able to say—wow! That’s interesting! Let’s look into that together.
I hope you’ll join us as we wonder together about these significant questions. Check out the book we’re basing this group on and see more info about this short term group. I hope you’ll join us!
Parent Short Term Faith Group: Talking to Your Kids About God
Mondays Feb 4-March 11, 7-8:30 at FCC