Clare and I often engage in a little verbal competition to see who can create the most hyperbolic I love you's. Tonight's contest spawned a bit of theological reflection for my almost 5-year-old.
Clare: "I love you bigger than...bigger than God!"
me: "but baby, God is love. So when you love, you just make God even bigger."
Clare: "so God is the biggest thing there is?"
me: "sure. God is everything, so nothing is bigger than God."
Clare: "and if you hate someone you make God smaller."
me: "yes, you could think of it like that. and when you love, it makes God bigger, and brings God right where you are, where the love is."
"so he's everywhere? even right here in the bed?"
"I want to call God a girl." [this just as I was about to ask why lately she's been exclusively using the masculine pronoun in her Godtalk.]
"That's totally okay. God is a big girl too. God is everything, so you can call God a he or a she."
"I want to call God 'Universe.'" then, flinging her arms out and embracing the air, "I love you Universe!"