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"I Wish God was Real, Mommy" A Child's Wish

Updated on November 7, 2010

Christmas '02

The True Story

“I wish God was real, mommy.”

Precious Wishes from a Tender Heart

      There we were, in the large dark room. We were gathered to watch actors play out imaginary roles of an unreal story. Scores of us, strangers all; all come to have our eyes, ears, and humors entertained.

      It was here in this unreal place that I was to hear one of the saddest statements of all my life. It was in this season of make believe men in red and white costumes, of green trees, of supposed giving, of glitz and buying and selling. . . It was then that I heard the most profound wish of all, spoken by an innocent and naive child.

      As I watched these actors play out their ridiculous roles, I heard a sincere and gentle child say, “I wish God was real, mommy.”

      What was that? What had I heard? I snapped around in the darkness and saw a child of no more than three years cuddled in this mother’s arms.

      “I wish God was real.” My heart broke within me. In that moment I could see it all. This young sophisticated mother surely explained to her impressionable child the myths of childhood. She certainly explained about Santa Clause, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny. And in the list of nice stories made up to make children feel good was included the myth about God. This mother wanted her child to know the truth about these childrens’ tales. Commendable. She did not want her precious child to be disappointed when the truth was discovered. She wanted to disarm the alarm of disappointment that most children feel when they find out the truth of Santa Clause and other child hood lies. Of course, to her, God was just as ridiculous as all the other fairy tales.

      Matthew 18:6 “But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and [that] he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

      As the garish actors played out their imaginary roles, I sat there and cried and prayed. For this was not only the saddest wish I had ever heard, but it was even more. It was also the most hopeful wish that I had ever heard. For God showed me in this child a heart tender to know God. Here was a child-like faith that he needed God. And I knew that with a little help, here was a child whose life could be changed by the Gospel. Yes, even children need to be rescued by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I was when I was five. This child’s curiosity and genuine faith would one day show to his disbelieving family the truth. Yes, God is real.

      But that child needs the spiritual help of the Gospel. He is like millions of others just like him or her. I do not even know whether the child was boy or girl. The child still whispers in the dark out there. She cries in her bed to sleep tonight. Or he wanders in the street in dark alleys looking for food. Perhaps, even now the child in need of the gospel suffers a violent beating at the cruel hands on an unbelieving parent that is all too real.

      They all secretly cry in their hearts, “I wish that God was real.” Are we ready to break through our laziness and apathy to “suffer the little ones to come unto” the gentle Jesus?

       Mark 10:14 “But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”

by Andrew Grosjean winter 1994


The Father and Son

sketch by Andrew Grosjean
sketch by Andrew Grosjean

Pooh Parody by Andrew the Balloon Man

my daughter quoting James 1


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    • Glenda Grosjean profile image

      Glenda Grosjean 

      11 years ago from Wayne, MI

      This hub brought tears to my eyes. It's so true, and so needed. We need to get out of our comfort places, and make a difference with the gospel. Thank you for sharing.

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      Karen Russell 

      11 years ago


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      Andrew Grosjean 

      11 years ago from Detroit

      Dear Anon,

      I heard a rumor. "God does not believe in athiests." I thought it was kinda' stupid when I heard it at first, but I came to realize how very true it is. God says in Psalm 14:1 "The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is

      none that doeth good." There are actually five kinds of fools in the Bible. And I don't know which of these reasons causes you to dismiss God, but He is real. My friend Jim read what you said and said to me, "Now, there is someone that has been hurt." I suspect he was right. If you have not had an answer from God for your prayers, it is not because He is not there. It may be because you insist on coming to Him on your own terms. It may because you demand that He come to you on your terms. But make no mistake my friend, He is there. He loves you. He will forgive you your sin. He can give you the power to conquer your pride and addictions. He wants you to have peace and healing in your life, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, Messiah.

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      11 years ago

      I think we all wish He was real. I think many Atheists wish God was real. I think the God of the Bible wouldn't punish this mother. John 4:48, an easily overlooked passage. My reasoning is how can anyone be held accountable for what they haven't yet experienced? Some say the evidence is all around us (the sunrise,stars,snowflakes,etc) but obviously in the context of John 4:48 Jesus seems to acknowledge that that's necessarily enough. I think this mother has not had a john 4:48 experience and thus she would not be condemned for raising her child this way (at least by biblical standards). But I digress, I'd love to live in a world that didn't feel so empty and randomly cruel, where some things were actually sacred and I had a soul that would last beyond death with a father in the sky who could answer all my questions. 19 years of praying,believing and studying scripture haven't got me any closer to this god, nor has it gotten this god any closer to me. Though God is still an interesting answer to the question of how we all got here.

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      11 years ago

      I remember one time hubby and I were giving a little girl a ride home. We were just having our natural conversation, and we mentioned God. The little looked at us with a very puzzled look on her face and said "What is God?" This little girl was around 5 years old, and never even heard of God.

      I hope her parents didn't get mad at us, but we told all that we could about God before the car ride was over. :-)

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      Timothy Donnelly 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Terrific Hub! It is remarkable how innocence plays a role in being thirsty for the Spirit. I hope no caregiver is so cruel as to deny God to a child. BRING YOUR CHILDREN TO SUNDAY SCHOOL PEOPLE! They will enjoy it because they will learn the truth that they are loved by our common Heavenly Father. They may even learn other nice things to talk about.


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