Love in any language
Straight from the heart
Pulls us all together
And once we learn to speak it
All the world will hear
Love in any language
Fluently spoken here
-- From "Love in any Language," lyrics by Sandi Patti
Love. As the song says, it's a universal language. And almost all religions have this thought: God loves you.
We asked children from various faith backgrounds -- Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, Sikh -- to respond to this question: How does God love you? Here is a selection of their answers:
I know God loves me because he is helping my dad in the military. He is good to me. He cares for me. What a loving God I have.
-- Kailey C., 7
I know God loves me because he gives me a fun family and a warm house. I know he loves me because he is my loving father and gives me food and water.
-- Kassie T., 7
I know God loves me because when my dog died, he comforted me. And he makes me happy when I ride the Ferris wheel.
-- Zachary T., 8
I know God loves me because when I got lost, God helped me find my mom and dad.
-- Ekreet G., 8
I know God loves me because he will never flood the Earth again. He will protect me for the rest of my life. And he will never leave my side.
-- Lucy C., 7
I know God loves me because he takes care of me when I play outside.
-- Maddy C.
I know God loves me because he made us with his own hands.
-- Connor H., 8
I know God loves me because he heals my boo-boos. Next, he also lets us do what we want to do. Finally, God lets us be in freedom.
-- Savannah J., 7
I know God loves me because when I lost my teddy bear, then I heard him say look for it one more time, then I found it.
-- Emily T., 8
I know God loves me because he makes my wishes come true when I am good and he keeps me healthy.
-- Suraj J., 8
I know God loves me because he gave me a lot of energy so I can be smart.
-- Skyler H., 7
I know God loves me because when I got grounded for a week, my dad said a week was too long, so I was grounded until Wednesday.
-- Jordan F., 8
I know God loves me because he made me and he wouldn't make me if he didn't love me.
-- Kaci K, 7
I know God loves me because God protected my little sister when she was in bed when the tornado was going on, and also God gave me what I wanted, which is a game called "Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga."
-- Jaden R., 7
I know God loves me because he brought my mom and dad together and then he brought me to my mom and dad and then we became a family and I like being in a family because I have people that love me.
-- Emily D., 8
I know God loves me because he knows that I love him.
-- Sanjot B., 6
I know God loves me because he helped my grandpa heal from cancer. He still has a little bit of cancer, but he has hair and he is not in the hospital and I thank God for that.
-- Elianna B., 8
God loves me because when my grandma was moving the refrigerator, she found my oldest toy and gave it to me.
-- Oshmann, 8½
I know God loves me because he sent Jesus to come to Earth. Then he died for our sins.
-- Elijah R., 7
I know God loves me because one time I went to the park on my bike on this big hill. I went down really fast so I flew off and hit the ground. And the next day, I healed.
-- Tyler O., 8
I know God loves me because he helped me find my rosary when I prayed to God, and I love him for that.
-- Ally F., 7
I know God loves me because he is the creator of the world, so he even likes the robbers.
-- Annabelle C., 8
I know God loves me because I was born with cleft palate and it's not always easy.
-- Jacob D., 8
I know God loves me because he makes good deeds to keep me safe. He's the Father and Mother of me. God does not know how to hate, so he loves everyone.
-- Amanjot B., 9
I know God loves me because he protects me when I get hurt from sin and bad people.
-- Daniella C., 7
I know God loves me because once I was in a restaurant with my favorite teddy bear in the booth. I lost it. I prayed to God. Then I found it.
-- Allison J., 7½
I know God loves me because he gave me rocks.
-- Carolyn M., 9
I know God loves me because when my grandpa and my aunt died, he helped me through it.
-- Malia N., 8
I know God loves me because he was with me when I was at soccer tryouts for Ajax and I made it.
-- Tessa R., 8
I know God loves me because I am special.
-- Brooke A., 7