“Are you kidding me?”
That was my first though when Sophie asked that question. I was just about finished putting her to bed. We go through a pretty typical routine (lots of kisses, a song, praying, etc) and then I make my exit. Usually that exit includes some tears from Sophie because she’s saying she doesn’t want me to leave. That’s the sweet part.
Then there’s the existential crisis part. Like when she wanted to know why Pharaoh’s son died in the Bible during the last plague.
I have to admit I try my best to keep it light right before bed. I try to avoid topics like sin, death, dying, going to be with Jesus in heaven, Bekah’s grandma dying, or my dad dying.
But these are all topics Sophie usually brings up right after I say my final “Good night.”
Now, granted, my beautiful daughter knows the way to keep her daddy in the room is to ask a question like this in her “I’m really tore up about this subject, can we discuss it for the next 15 minutes?” voice.
But on the other hand, I’m so thankful that she’s thinking about these things at all. It shows that we talk about them during the day. It shows that we bring up difficult topics like sin and death. We don’t sit around the table talking about people we know who’ve passed away, but it comes up in conversation.
So when Sophie wants to talk about these heavy topics, I try to talk her through what I know about sin, and then everything I know about Jesus taking away our sin on the cross.
Which of course leads to more questions about why Jesus died.
Make the effort to talk about your faith with your kids, even your three year old ones.
It will give you the opportunity to share the Gospel with them.
Maybe even right before bedtime.
What do you do to talk about your faith with your family?