I spent the week last week at a Camp on Lake Michigan called Camp Geneva. It's actually where my wife and I met, and where we held our wedding reception. I've been going out there each year to be a chaplain. My kids get to experience camp, and I get to give back to camp a little bit. Well, it's a great week. The week I'm there is the 4th to 6th grade all week. Now, I love these kids, but precisely because of their age, it requires some thinking in a good part of the brain - the child "translation" side. This age group is filled with questions and curiosity and they're really beginning to try to make sense of the world.
Half way through the week, a counselor came to me with her cabin and asked if they could spend some time with me asking questions. "No problem," I said. Well, that's what I thought. It was so much fun - for an hour we sat and just talked about everything you can think of from what will we be like in heaven to what are ghosts to how could Jesus really be God if he was also human to whether or not God spoke every language? We talked about whether we'd know people in heaven and whether babies who died would always be babies in heaven. (These kids were fascinated with the afterlife.) They wanted to know if people could hear us from heaven so that we could pray to them after they died, whether we would become angels, and how God sees kids with disabilities. Later in the week, another counselor asked if I'd do the same thing with her cabin. It was a pure blast.
I wish at that point I had Jim's book Gum, Geckos, and God available (see previous post) or had already read it because he promises to look at some of these things in conversation with his kids in the book. I'm excited to read this and rethink conversations I've had with my son Isaac about what I call our heavenly "super-bodies" and what God looks like and my daughter Aliya's concerns about how on earth (literally) it's possible for Jesus to come back to life (faith is amazing).
I'm participating in a blog tour for Gum, Geckos, and God. The stop here will be on August 4th and following. Basically, I'm going to ask Jim some questions on the book, and he'll respond, and you can join in.
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