letter to a 6 year old

During the run up to Easter and throughout it I fell behind in keeping up to date through boththe blog world and the news … so I missed this story from the Telegraph publishing a letter from Archbishop Rowan to a six year old girl who wrote a letter to God:

Dear God
How did you get invented?
Love Lulu.

Lulu’s dad sent the letter to various heads of churches … seems only Archbishop Rowan has the time to answer:

Archbishop Rowan’s response:

Dear Lulu,
Your dad has sent on your letter and asked if I have any answers. It’s a difficult one! But I think God might reply a bit like this –
‘Dear Lulu – Nobody invented me – but lots of people discovered me and were quite surprised. They discovered me when they looked round at the world and thought it was really beautiful or really mysterious and wondered where it came from. They discovered me when they were very very quiet on their own and felt a sort of peace and love they hadn’t expected.
Then they invented ideas about me – some of them sensible and some of them not very sensible. From time to time I sent them some hints – specially in the life of Jesus – to help them get closer to what I’m really like.
But there was nothing and nobody around before me to invent me. Rather like somebody who writes a story in a book, I started making up the story of the world and eventually invented human beings like you who could ask me awkward questions!’
And then he’d send you lots of love and sign off.
I know he doesn’t usually write letters, so I have to do the best I can on his behalf. Lots of love from me too.
+Archbishop Rowan

This along with his Maundy Thursday challenge illustrates what a toop bloke we have as Archbishop with a great ability to explain theology to a variety of audiences … thank you Archbishop Rowan!

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