Friday, May 08, 2009


Someone sent me this little story today—“A Newborn’s Conversation with God”—and I thought it was just precious. Matt doesn’t believe in the notion of Platonic pre-existence (the idea that our souls existed prior to our earthly existence and were put into a body at birth)—I don’t know if I believe it theologically or not, but I like the idea, and I like to joke that Kate and other babies had a “pre-birth orientation” teaching them how the world works before they got put in their mommies’ bellies. Enjoy.

A baby asked God, "They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?"

God said, "Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you."

The child further inquired, "But tell me, here in heaven I don't have to do anything but sing and smile to be happy."

God said, "Your angel will sing for you and will also smile for you. And you will feel your angel's love and be very happy."

Again the small child asked, "And how am I going to be able to understand when people talk to me if I don't know the language?"

God said, "Your angel will tell you the most beautiful and sweet words you will ever hear, and with much patience and care, your angel will teach you how to speak."

"And what am I going to do when I want to talk to you?"

God said, "Your angel will place your hands together and will teach you how to pray."

"Who will protect me?"

God said, "Your angel will defend you even if it means risking its life."

"But I will always be sad because I will not see you anymore."

God said, "Your angel will always talk to you about Me and will teach you the way to come back to Me, even though I will always be next to you."

At that moment there was much peace in Heaven, but voices from Earth could be heard and the child hurriedly asked, "God, if I am to leave now, please tell me my angel's name."

God said, You will simply call her, "Mom."

Happy Mother’s Day to my Mom, mother-in-law, and all mommies out there!


Matt Kelley said...

Regardless of whether one subscribes to neo-Platonists notions of essence preceding existence, that is a wonderful parable about the value of Mothers. There is a greater Truth communicated there than can be captured by historical accuracy.

Susan Cornell said...

I like this passage from Edgar Allen Poe:
Because I feel that, in the Heavens above,
The angels, whispering one to another,
Can find, among their burning terms of love,
None so devotional as that of "Mother."


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