Charlie, tell me about God and the angels,” said six-year-old Lea to her newborn
brother. “I want to remember!”
My work with gravely ill children has been humbling. It’s opened my heart to the
absolute probability of life after life. I’ve become alert to the ways children can teach me
about faith, love and their own understanding of God.
I am convinced many children “come in with a deep knowing.” Sometimes I’ve seen it in
their innocent exchanges, overheard during play therapy. Sometimes it shines through
And sometimes I see it in the resolute way they ask me to deliver messages to their
parents. Messages far too mature, insightful and profound for their age. Such “deep
knowing” is inexplicable, yet undeniable.
Don’t be afraid to talk to your children about God and heaven. You might be surprised at
the wisdom that comes from the mouth of babes.