Dear God, I read the Bible. What does begat mean? Nobody will tell me. Love, Allison.

          Dear God, Instead of letting people die and having to make new ones, why don’t You keep the ones You already have now? Jane.

          Dear God, Maybe Cain and Abel would not have killed each other if they had their own rooms. That’s what my Mom did for me and my brother. Larry.

          Dear God, If You watch me in church on Sunday, I’ll show You my new shoes. Mickey.

          Dear God, I bet it is very hard to love everyone in the whole world. There are only 4 people in our family and I’m having a hard time loving all of them. Nan.

          Dear God, Are You really invisible or is it just a trick? Lucy.

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

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

          Dear God, Did You really mean “do unto others as they do unto you”? Because if You did, then I’m going to get my brother good. Darla.

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

          Dear God, I think about You sometimes, even when I’m not praying. Elliot.

          Dear God, My brother told me about being born but it doesn’t sound right. They’re just kidding, aren’t they? Marsha.

          Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with purple until I saw the sunset You made on Tuesday. That was cool. Eugene.


Excerpted from “Children’s Letters to God” by Stuart Hample and Eric Marshall

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