Children’s Letters to God

Dear God, 
In school they told us what you do. Who does it when you are on vacation?

Dear God, 
Are you really invisible, or is it just a trick?

Dear God, 
Is it true that my father won’t get in Heaven if he uses his bowling words in the house?

Dear God, 
Did you mean for the giraffe to look like that, or was it an accident?

Dear God, 
Instead of letting people grow old and die and having to make new ones, why don’t you just keep the ones you have now?

Dear God, 
Who draws the lines around the countries?

Dear God, 
I went to this wedding, and they kissed right in church. Is that okay?

Dear God, 
What does it mean You are a jealous God? I thought you had everything.

Dear God, 
Did you really mean “do unto others as they do unto you”? Because if you did, then I’m going to fix my brother!

Dear God, 
Thank you for the baby brother, but what I prayed for was a puppy.

Dear God, 
It rained for our whole vacation and my father is mad! He said some things about you that people aren’t supposed to say, but I hope you don’t hurt him anyway. Your friend (but I am not going to tell you who I am)

Dear God, 
I want to be just like my Daddy when I get big, only without so much hair all over. 

Submitted by Dr. Paul Holman

Epistle to Diognetus, 5:1-17 
Submitted by Steven Butcher

For believers in the Messiah are not distinguished from the rest of humanity by country, language, or custom. For nowhere do they live in cities of their own, nor do they speak some unusual dialect, nor do they practice an eccentric lifestyle. This teaching of theirs has not been discovered by the thought and reflection of ingenious men, nor do they promote any human doctrine, as some do. But while they live in both Greek and barbarian cities, as each one’s lot was cast, and follow the local customs in dress and food and other aspects of life, at the same time they demonstrate the remarkable and admittedly unusual nature of their own citizenship. They live in their own countries, but only as aliens; they participate in everything as citizens, and endure everything as foreigners. Every foreign country is their fatherland, and every fatherland is foreign.

They marry like everyone else, and have children, but do not expose their children. (One of the customs of ancient Greek and Roman society was to expose unwanted infants to the elements.) They share their food, but not their wives. They are “in the flesh,” but they do not live “according to the flesh.” They live on the earth, but their citizenship is in heaven. They obey the established laws; indeed in their private lives they transcend the laws. They love everyone, and by everyone they are persecuted. They are unknown, yet they are condemned; they are put to death, yet they are brought to life. They are poor, yet they make many rich; they are in need of everything, yet they abound in everything.

They are dishonored, yet they are glorified in their dishonor. They are slandered, yet they are vindicated. They are cursed, yet they bless. They are insulted, yet they offer respect. When they do good, they are punished as evildoers. When they are punished, they rejoice as though brought to life. By the Jews they are assaulted as foreigners, and by the Greeks they are persecuted, yet those who hate them are unable to give a reason for their hostility. 


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