I may not be really good at explaining theological concepts to dogs and children.
When my younger son was in kindergarten, he blurted out to me one day, “I don’t want to go to Heaven.” When I asked him why, he replied, “Well why would I want to go there? The place is full of dead people.”
I gave him the whole spiel…streets are paved with gold….reunited with people who have passed before you…be with God. But he wasn’t buying it.
He said, “Face it mom, they’re dead.”
Perhaps I will get farther with the dog. We are going to bring our dog Buddy to church on Sunday for the annual Blessing of the Beasts.I tried to explain this to Buddy but he doesn’t understand spiritual matters, because when I speak to him all he hears is: “Cpihshakepoininaitreatadjfoijgoforawalkapofjgoodboycookiejpoadrideinthecar.”
I tell him that God won’t bless the stinky and that I am going to take him to the groomer. After all, they say that “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”
So here he is, trying SO HARD to decipher what I am saying, clean and ready and at his “Sunday Best” for the service, which is two days away.
Let’s hope I can keep him from rolling in something stinky until then.
And let’s also hope that my efforts on both my son and my dog’s behalf will prevail.
I love the fresh perspective that children offer. A topic such as eternal life is difficult for adults to navigate, and I love how a child can pinpoint his misgivings about the whole issue in a microsecond. BTW, cute dog!