Filling in for the Kindergarteners Bible Class was always fun and filled with great questions, observations, and giggles. Today was no exception. The lesson was about Father Abraham and his family.
Harper’s cherub face looked so confused. “Isn’t God the Father? Why is Abraham a Father?”
Nannygranne explained, “Yes, Harper, God is everyone’s Father because He made us all. But Abraham was a father because he had children and grandchildren and many great grandchildren.”
“But why was Abraham the Father if God was the Father?” Harper’s question was echoed by a couple of the others.
“I have a Daddy. I don’t have a Father,” said one.
“I have a Daddy, a Granddaddy, and a Step-Daddy. I have three daddies,” chirped another.
Nannygranne chose her words carefully. “The words Daddy and Father mean the same thing. A Daddy, or Father, is a man who takes care of his children. They protect us and teach us important things. Some people call them Daddies and some people call them Fathers. Do you see what I mean?”
“But why do we need a heavenly father when we already have our daddies?” Harper wasn’t satisfied yet.”
Oh, we need both very, very much. Jesus had his Heavenly Father (who He even called Daddy one time) and but He also needed Joseph. God gave His son, Jesus, a kind of step-dad to take care of him when he was a baby and help him grow to be healthy and helpful. Jesus always did what God the Father wanted Him to do but He also obeyed Joseph and Mary who took care of Him.”
“Oh! So God is our Heavenly daddy, too?”
“God is our Forever Father. Our daddies take care of us on this earth. God will take care of us even in Heaven. If our daddies are gone, our Heavenly Father is always taking care of us and watching over us. And God even teaches our daddies how to take care of us better.”
Nannygranne knew what the next question would be, and prayerfully braced for it.
“My mommy says my daddy doesn’t take good care of us. That’s why he doesn’t live with us anymore.” Ryan’s admission came with a look that asked more whys than a child should carry.
Nannygranne shook her head. “Sometimes our earthly daddies forget to listen to God and miss out learning how to be better daddies. But that doesn’t mean they don’t love us. It just means they get confused about how to show us they love us. Have you ever hurt someone’s feeling accidently?”
Nannygranne prayed for the Spirit to give her wisdom.
“I broke my sister’s necklace and she cried. I didn’t mean to but I got in trouble,” admitted one red-headed, freckled little tyke.
“Well, grownups accidently hurt feelings all the time, too. But we have to remember they still love us and maybe someday we can show them how to love us better. But aren’t we glad that no matter what happens to our earthly daddies, God our Father will never go away, never forget about us, never lose us, never stop loving us, and even when we die, will take care of us and take us home where we’re forever safe.”
“Well, I’m glad we have daddies and granddaddies and our Heavenly Father, too.” Harper proudly bobbed her head over her newly gained knowledge.
The redhead piped up saying, “So is Father Abraham our father, too?” He had no idea that his question was actually theologically deep and discussed at length in scripture. The answer is “Yes,” but the full answer would be waiting for him in another 10-15 years.
Nannygranne wondered, “Why do you ask?”
“You know.” He began to sing, “Father Abraham had many sons, and many sons had Father Abraham. And I am one of them. And so are you…”
Nannygranne continued the song with the kids, “…so let’s all praise the Lord. Right hand! . . .” She smiled to herself thinking she should never underestimate the logic of little ones.
Parents – to learn more about Christians’ Father Abraham, Gal 3:26-29; John 1:12; Rom 10:9