I was wondering if anyone would be interested in sharing instances in which you have been surprised by the spiritual sensitivity evidenced by your young children.
I'll go first....
Ds is 22 months. For the past few weeks we have been working on learning to go to sleep without nursing. He is very verbally inclined, so we talk about the day, recite nursery rhymes, sing songs, and pray out loud in bed instead of nursing. It's actually going very well-who thought weaning would be this easy? Anyway, I have noticed that he calms down enormously as soon as I start praying--he immediately stops wiggling, interrupting, etc. And by the time I'm done (usually only like 5 minutes) he is fast asleep. It's like he is affected by the aura or something. He also responds similarly to my singing hymns as opposed to other songs.
Another thing that was interesting...a few months ago, we were out and we heard a baby crying. He said, "baby cry." I said "Yes, the baby's crying." He then said,"Jesus cries." I was like, What?!!
I was a little puzzled because I don't normally think of Jesus crying. So I asked, "You think Jesus cries?" And ds replied, "Yeah. Sometimes."
Oh yeah, and the other night I was singing "Puff the Magic Dragon" to him, and when I sang, "A dragon lives forever..." he interrupted with an emphatic "Jesus lives forever!"
Anyway I just find it really interesting. I can kind of see where he might have picked up the "Jesus lives forever" or "Jesus cries" from the church nursery or something, but I don't know how to account for the fact that praying and hymns put him to sleep so easily (while he doesn't lie still or quietly for other talking or singing) other than that he just has a sensitivity to spiritual things that I don't quite understand. It's really neat.
Anyone else have any other examples?