Spending my days with kindergartners means that I hear lots of interesting things come out of their mouths. Random things. Silly things! Like this, overheard at lunchtime: “I can’t have vanilla milk. Vanilla milk makes my tummy go ya-ya.” Our days are filled with lots of laughter!
Here’s something else about kindergarteners: they take the truth of God’s word seriously. They think deeply about it, and they speak truth from it!
I see it as a class when we pray during devotions each day. We pray for each other and for broken bones and scrapes and bruises and families and new babies and pets. When a sick classmate returns to class, healed, I celebrate that! But these kids tell me, straight-faced, “But Mrs. Goote we prayed.”
Of course they’re better. We prayed for this. Truth.
When we discuss Bible stories they think deeply about what they hear. They always stare in rapt attention when we do Bible stories.
When I do the story of Adam and Eve and the snake tempts them and gets them to eat the fruit, and punishes them and makes them leave the garden, they ask me if God loves the snake.
They think deeply about God’s word.
We recently had Tommee Profitt lead chapel here and I thought this loud Christian rock and roll music chapel would go right over the kindergarteners’ heads. I thought they would love this great young guy, but that the message would simply be beyond them.
They returned from chapel dead silent. Thinking deeply, as kindergarteners do.
Soon after, we received an email from one of our kindergarten parents. Her son was particularly quiet that evening and when pressed to explain why, he started to cry. But these were not sad tears; he was crying, he explained, because “we had chapel today and I asked Jesus in my heart. I found Jesus.”
Thinking deeply about God’s truth.
Oh to have the faith of a child. And oh, the privilege to witness the faith of God’s children as they encounter the Truth.