In the next few weeks, Ascension Day (May 24) and Pentecost (June 4) mark the end of Jesus’ earthly ministry and the beginning of the Church. We’ll be learning about these in children’s lessons on Sundays, but they also provide a unique opportunity to discuss common childhood (and adult!) questions like “Where is God?”, “Why can’t I see God?”, and “Who is the Holy Spirit?”.
I Wanted to Know More About God, one of my favorite resources for discussing these questions with children, uses beautiful illustrations and thoughtful text to help children (recommended age: 3-7) see the work and presence of God in the world. Statements like “I wondered if God is strong, and the ocean roared in my ears”, or “I wondered if God likes art, and I saw a spider web in my uncle’s farm” can prompt conversations which address children’s questions about the nature and presence of God and offer a framework for identifying God’s work in the daily rhythms of a child’s life. While this book is appropriate year round, it’s especially wonderful for a church season where we talk about Jesus physical presence leaving the earth and the gift of the Holy Spirit to come alongside believers.