The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Of ants and dandelions

Let your children teach you about God

All morning we've been stepping on them, cursing them and praying they would find a new home.


Ants. Big black ants descend on our kitchen every spring. When our 5-year-old son, Sam, wakes up, he runs into the kitchen screaming, "Are they still here?" Finding one, he squats in the middle of the floor to give us a play-by-play account of a moment in an ant's life. With intricate detail, Sam tells how the ant picks up and carries off a crumb. He notices how the ants retrieve the carcasses of fallen comrades, which leads to a long conversation about death. For us, these are simply ants — annoying, dirty and everywhere. For our young son, they are one of God's marvelous creations.

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