A Child's Understanding Collection

The Mule
Visiting grandpa on the farm was a big treat for Sue. It was her first time to see real farm animals up close. Grandpa enjoyed showing her around. They came to the barn and there was the mule. Sue studied the mule for awhile before she said anything. Finally she asked her grandpa a question. "Is that mule a Christian?" Grandpa laughed. "Why, no Sue. What on earth would make you ask a question like that." Sue replied, "I just wondered, he has such a long face."
The Dust
Johnny was a perceptive little boy for only being five years old. He came running down stairs from his room Sunday afternoon to ask His mother a question. "Is it true that God made man from dust?" "Yes it is," his mother said. "And when we die, do we go back to being dust?" he continued. "Just our body. Our spirit goes to be with the Lord," replied his mother. "I thought so," he said. His mother looked at him and could tell he was upset. "What's wrong?" she asked. "Well," said the little boy, "I just went under my bed to find one of my toys, and there is either someone coming or going under there."

Explain God
Written by Danny Dutton, age 8, from Chula Vista, California, for his third grade homework assignment to "Explain 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 grown-ups, 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 besides 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 OK. 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 and they are sure to hear you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the times."

"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 very good 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."

A Child's First Prayer
"I had been teaching my 3 year. old daughter, Caitlin, the Lord's Prayer. For several evenings at bedtime she repeated it after me.
One night she said she was ready to solo. I listened with pride as she carefully enunciated each word, right up to the end of the prayer. "Lead us not into temptation," she prayed , "but deliver us some e-mail..."

The Lesson
A mother was preparing pancakes for her sons, Kevin, 5, Ryan, 3. The boys began to argue over who would get the first pancake. Their mother saw the opportunity for a moral lesson. "If Jesus were sitting here, He would say, 'Let my brother have the first pancake. I can wait.' Kevin turned to his younger brother and said, "Ryan, you be Jesus!"