Mommy, do I have Catholic or Jews in me?

Her question made me laugh out loud, and my heart warmed at the wondering, because don’t we all long to know where we come from and don’t we desire to be distinct and remarkable?

Mommy, do I have Catholic or Jews in me?

The confusion between blood ties and religious persuasion is understandable for an eight-year-old. Her inquiry followed with me explaining the difference. I was in the dark on the origin of her question, perhaps some discussion with a teacher or classmate or friend? But I heard her heart, and it was an innocent curiosity, a wanting to be special.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
Psalm 139:14

Jo with baby goat

It’s the same question I hear when my child says, “Mommy, tell me what I’m good at,” or “Do you like how I sing?”

Oh, that we could really know how wonderful we’ve been made, that we are His workmanship, that we are chosen, redeemed, established, complete.

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3 Responses to Mommy, do I have Catholic or Jews in me?

  1. e-Mom says:

    Aw, beautiful! And that’s a sweet photo of your daughter.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jennifer.

    Hugs, e-Mom

  2. Gina says:

    That is sweet, and so is she. And it sure does speak to the longing we all have-where do I fit, where did I come from?

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Jen says:

    Hi e-Mom and Gina! I’m realizing that I have several of my own versions of her question.

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