Thursday, November 09, 2006

More five-year-old theology

Me: Whatcha doin'?

5-yr-old: Drawing God.

Me [non-chalantly]: Oh...um, that’s great! What do you think God looks like?

5-yr-old [still coloring, matter-of-factly]: He’s got long hair.

Me [coming in for a closer look]: Really?

5-yr-old [big sigh, earnest concentration on long strokes with the marker]: Yeah, just like the picture of Him in our living room.

Me[wondering when we last put a picture of God up in the living room?]: I don’t think we have any pictures of God.

5-yr-old: Yes, we do. It’s above the TV.

Me[think, think!]: Oh, that one. That’s a picture of Jesus.

5-yr-old [another sigh, as if to say, “Don’t moms understand anything?”]: Well, yes, but it’s God. Because Jesus is God. So God must have long hair.

My mind is reeling, but who am I to argue with this logic?

Oh, and here's the picture she's copying. Christ in Gethsemane by Heinrich Hofmann. This print used to hang in my grandpa's parsonage study.

Maybe it's good that it's above our TV.

"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Matthew 16:16

16 comments:

Susanne said...

Well she's got the most important part down pat. She's adorable. and I just love the simple faith of a child. It just makes sense.

Andrea said...

I love 5 year old theology!!

Anonymous said...

That is too cute!

lrlwreath said...

You know God is smiling =)

Anonymous said...

I agree about the simple faith of a child. Oh, that we could all be that way.

Sweet!

Kris said...

I love the logic too! Maybe I need to read the scriptures and believe more simplistic.

Anonymous said...

I love it when they sigh like that, like they know everything and it's just so exhausting trying to teach us.
A little bit like I imagine God feels when we sigh and tell Him we know what we're doing. ;)

Rachel said...

You can't argue with logic like that. I have my thoughts in an email if you want to let me know where to send it.

Stacey said...

Too cute!!

I love the "Jesus is God," statement - she gets it!

Tammy said...

isn't it great when they actually get the truths of God at such an early age!

The Lazy Organizer said...

So sweet! Your family is adorable! I want to take a photo like that with mine.

Anonymous said...

That is beautiful!!

Chris said...

I think she needs to teach us all a thing or two. I love the simple faith of children.

Carol said...

That kid has great theology! Jesus is indeed fully God and fully man despite the long hair. LOL!

Eric said...

That picture is very similar to the one my grandma always had. I have looked around Ebay/Amazon to see if anyone had one like it. So far, that's this is the only other one I have seen that is elongated. Most (including the original I am guessing) just have the center part of that painting. Very neat to see and good story.

Eric said...

I'm sure this post is old enough no one cares, but here is the picture of the same painting from my grandma's http://291marionave.com/agony.htm