What is God?

My beautiful son was born with an innate spirituality. The questions he has always asked and the comments he has made from a young age have always blown me away. I haven’t given him too many explanations on things other than that I believe in God, but not everybody does, and that I believe God is in everything.  I have had to be pragmatic in what I say because Mr. Right feels strongly that we shouldn’t “indoctrinate” him in any way. He wants our children to know our beliefs (which are a bit different), but to know that there are other ways of thinking and basically just give them the tools to make up their own minds about their own truth.

Declan has always maintained that even though others may not believe in God, in his heart he believes in Him. In my quest to try and impart my own values and spiritual beliefs and to try to answer some of his questions without telling him what he has to believe, I found a book that I thought might be a good starting point. It is called “What is God” by Etan Boritzer. We gave it to him for Christmas and I told him we would read it together sometime.

When I ordered it I had thought that I would read it before giving it to him to make sure it was aligned with my beliefs and with what Mr. Right would feel comfortable with, but with all the Christmas mayhem I didn’t have a chance before the big day. Yesterday I had a bit of free time, so I started reading it while eating my lunch. Declan had all but forgotten that he even had the book, but when he saw me reading it he came up curiously and with his newfound reading skills said ”What is God”? I said, “Yes. Remember we got you this book for Christmas. I wanted to read it first before reading it to you. It’s called “What is God.” This was his response:

“Awww I already know what God is! God is everything. He is a big spirit, but it’s not a boy or a girl because it is a spirit, not a body. We can’t see it. Unless we die, of course. When we die, we can see it clearly. And we have souls. Souls are the parts of God. So you see, I don’t need to read it.”

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Seems to me I wasted my money 🙂 I will read it to him anyway. Now that I’ve read it, I know that it is a lovely book that speaks to the connection between all people and things. It talks about many of the world’s religions and their common denominators. But really, who was I to think a book would speak his truth to him better than his own heart would? Once again, blown away.

One thought on “What is God?

  1. For this child I prayed. I, too, am always amazed but what my children “get” that grown-ups have to go and make complicated. =)

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