The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


In praise of the Trinity

I arrived home and was greeted tongue-in-cheek by my son, Aaron, who said, “Father!” I responded in kind with “Son!” From the other room my daughter, Sarah, 7, added “and the Holy Spirit!”

Jim Loeffler
New Marker, Md.

It's tithes and offerings!�
“It’s tithes and offerings!”
During the children’s sermon the pastor said, “This is Trinity Sunday, when we talk about the Father, the Son and ....” He paused long enough for a little boy to finish his sentence: “The mother!”

Connie Berry
Pittsboro, N.C.

My 5-year-old granddaughter was practicing her Bible verses: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not panic ....” How appropriate.

Carol Neumann
Cedar Falls, Iowa

Preschool promotion

I lead chapel at a preschool and am usually referred to as “the Chapel Lady.” As I was walking up the sidewalk to the school, Jane, 3, was behind me with her mother. Jane pointed at me and her mother asked, “Who is that?” Jane responded quite matter-of-factly, “That’s God!” Another preschooler, Katherine, 3, was invited by her grandmother to say the Lord’s Prayer. Katherine insisted, “No, that’s Danner’s prayer.”

Vera Danner
Galveston, Texas

No ... I said a blog would be a valuable
“No ... I said a blog would be a valuable addition to your ministry.”
Let go my ego

When our daughter, Tina, was learning to speak, she would say the Lord’s Prayer as “deliver us from ego” rather than “deliver us from evil.” We tried to correct her, but after awhile we stopped since we thought her prayer was pretty good. Today she is a psychologist, helping people work with their egos—good and bad.

Jim Voelker
Apple Valley, Minn.

Hats, ties ... what’s next?

Last year on Mother’s Day members of St. John Lutheran Church, Bellingham, Wash., wore hats to worship (our pastor, Susan Hookham, wore a hard hat.) On Father’s Day we were invited to wear neckties. An older gentleman muttered as he left worship: “Hats, ties ... I suppose next they’ll make us wear shoes.”

Paul N. Jordan
Bellingham, Wash.

An orderly movie

We were watching a movie when our youngest daughter came in to ask her sister to play. Her sister replied, “No. I’m watching the movie.” “What movie?” “The Ten Commandments.” Our younger daughter turned to me and asked, “Mom, which one are they on?”

Diane Salvaryn
Vineland, N.J.


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